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Danny Bonaduce confirms that he is going to have brain surgery following a major health scare

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Danny Bonaduce, a celebrated actor and radio personality, announced he will undergo brain surgery due to a severe health problem that has caused mobility issues and major balance difficulties.

Bonaduce gained prominence in the 1970s as a child actor on “The Partridge Family”. In March, after consulting with many doctors in search of a diagnosis for his undetermined illness, he was identified with hydrocephalus.

The issue first came to light in April 2022 when his wife, Amy, noticed something was amiss. Reportedly, she was visibly worried and noted that her husband was struggling with speech, stating, “You’re not saying words, you’re not speaking English.” This triggered the need for further medical consultation, leading to his diagnosis and planned treatment.


Following the initial symptoms, Danny was quickly admitted to the hospital, but his condition left medical professionals puzzled. Danny recalled his ordeal, saying, “I couldn’t walk at all. I couldn’t balance, I couldn’t do anything like that.” Initially, he presumed it was a stroke, likening his symptoms to those his father had experienced during a stroke, such as impaired mobility, balance issues, slurred speech, and memory lapses.

However, the doctors ruled out the possibility of a stroke after analyzing his X-rays. Despite extensive testing and a prolonged hospital stay, the medical team was unable to pinpoint the exact cause of his symptoms. His condition remained a mystery, highlighting the complexity and unpredictability of brain disorders.

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Danny Bonaduce

It wasn’t until March of this year that a breakthrough was made. Reportedly, Danny was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a neurological condition caused by an accumulation of fluid in the brain. The actor himself verified that he’s scheduled to have surgery next week with the goal of mitigating his distressing symptoms. The 63-year-old disclosed that the procedure will involve the use of a shunt to drain the excess fluid from his brain.

This development is a relief, as it seems Danny has finally gotten the answers he had been earnestly seeking for a considerable period. After consulting with doctors last year, he had taken a break from his radio show to focus on identifying and addressing his health concerns. With the diagnosis and planned surgery, there is newfound hope for his recovery.

While leaning on a cane for support, Danny told his followers, “I’m taking a temporary medical leave from my radio show. I’ll share more when I know more. I’m still working towards receiving a diagnosis. What I know is, I need time to focus on my health. I love my job and talking to you guys & I’ll be back on the air soon.”

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In May 2022, Danny’s sister, Celia Bonaduce, provided further insights into his condition. She stated, “We are not being coy when we say this is a ‘mystery illness’… in layman’s terms, his balance sucks — super sucks — and all the great medical minds of Seattle are at work trying to solve this conundrum.” She promised to keep the fans updated about his situation.

As he gears up for the upcoming surgery, we send our best wishes to Danny Bonaduce. His journey underscores the importance of relentless pursuit of answers in matters of health and the courage it takes to face such challenges.