Paul Sinha has been a staple on The Chase since the beginning, alongside fellow chasers Mark Labbett, Anne Hegerty and Shaun Wallace.

The group have revelled in being quiz geniuses on the hit ITV series alongside comedian and presenter Bradley Walsh.

Now Paul, who is also a doctor, has revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease last month, but he “fully intends” to keep “chasing”.

On his blog, he wrote: “On the evening of Thursday May 30th, an experienced consultant neurologist calmly informed me that I had Parkinson’s disease.

“It was a devastating denouement to a medical odyssey that began in September 2017 with a sudden-onset, frozen right shoulder, and took in an unexpected diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, a lifestyle transformation that enabled me to lose two stone, and a shoulder operation in January this year.

“In the time since my Parkinson’s started I have been ludicrously busy,” the television star later said.

“And fully intend to keep Chasing, keep writing and performing comedy, keep quizzing and keep being hopeless at Tasks.

“Dancing on Ice is, I suspect, out of the question,” the star shared with bittersweet humour.

The star went on to say his reaction was not one of “shock”, as he’d been noticing the signs of the disease for a while.

He shared how he spent last month in New Zealand on a comedy tour, but he couldn’t ignore his worsening symptoms.

I fully intend to keep Chasing

Paul Sinha

He explained: “I spent May this year in New Zealand simultaneously having the comedy month of my life, and worrying about why a right-sided limp was now getting worse.

“Behind the facade of the cheerful, late night comedy festival drunk was a man deeply scared about facing the truth when back in the UK.

“It has been a really, really tough two weeks. Cancelling my run at the Edinburgh Fringe, missing the World Quizzing Championships to have brain scans, performing club sets whilst emotionally bewildered, and of course working my way through my loved ones, delivering the bad news.

“With the diagnosis now confirmed, and a treatment plan in place, I now feel far more prepared for the new challenges ahead. I have an amazing family, no strangers to serious medical illness, I’m blessed to have a fiance who is there for me, and I have a multitude of friends and colleagues whom I consider to be exceptional human beings.

“I don’t consider myself unlucky,” the trivia favourite added. “And whatever the next stage of my life holds for me, many others have it far worse.”

Some of the best moments on The Chase have involved Paul, who often uses his comedy prowess to add a little something extra to his answers during each contestant’s round.

Upon hearing the news, fans and friends sent their well-wishes the TV star’s way.

“Sorry to hear it. Sending love and strength your way. X,” fellow comedian Dave Gorman posted.

Hal Cruttenden said: “I am so sorry mate. Don’t forget how much love and support there is for you in the comedy world. Take care and get fighting! xxx”

And actor Tom Rosenthal encouraged: “Paul, very sorry to read, and best wishes to you, in quizzing, in comedy, and on here as well. x”

The Chase continues tonight at 5pm on ITV.

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