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Dick Van Dyke, 87, cancels event due to illness, talks health

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04/18/2013 by Corinne Heller

Dick Van Dyke, 87, has canceled a public appearance in New York after experiencing fatigue and headaches, stemming from an undiagnosed chronic ailment, and took to Twitter to seek health advice from his some 27,000 followers.

The "Mary Poppins" star and Emmy-winning TV veteran, who lives in Malibu, California, was supposed to visit the 92nd Street Y on April 26 and receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Bettering Humanity through Comedy. A spokesperson for the group told OTRC.com on Thursday, April 18, that the actor was unable to travel to New York "due to a medical condition."

ETOnline quoted his rep as saying that he will not be able to attend due to "fatigue and lack of sleep resulting from symptoms of a yet-to-be diagnosed neurological disorder." In fact, the actor has canceled all commitments requiring air travel, the spokesperson added.

Van Dyke discussed his condition on Twitter, saying on Wednesday: "My head bangs every time I lay down. I've had every test come back that I'm perfectly healthy. Anybody got any ideas?"

"It has been going on for 7 years," he added. "I've had every test you can think of (CAT Scan, MRI, Spinal tap etc) Any advice?"

He chatted with several fans on the social network and posted his replies. He said:

    ""@dwriley65: @iammrvandy Is it like your heartbeat / pulse throbbing in your head?" YES!!"

    "@mamagiglio I have very low blood pressure."

    "@katykk @speakyteeth has suggested a chiropractor, but I don't believe in them."

Van Dyke appeared on the medical talk show "The Doctors" in 2012 and talked about what he does to maintain good health. He said he exercises, adding: "Keep moving is my advice to almost anybody in my generation and try to eat right. I'm not an expert on that but I try to eat right. And I like to have young friends. Nothing better than having young friends to be around."

Earlier that year, Van Dyke married makeup artist Arlene Silver, who is now 41. (Pictured above)

What has Dick Van Dyke been up to lately?

Aside from Disney's "Mary Poppins," Van Dyke is also known for his roles in iconic musical films such as "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "Bye Bye Birdie."

Van Dyke rose to fame with his own TV series "The Dick Van Dyke Show" in the 1960s and "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" in the 1970s. On an episode of the latter series, his character, a talk show host, experiences headaches every Monday and Friday while hosting his program and consults medical experts.

In recent years, he has been making TV movies with his sons and brother and also performs with the vocal quartet the Vantastix, whose other members are about half his age. They have given concerts at high-profile events, such as at a July 4 celebration event, which was attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, at Ford's Theater.

"We've done concerts in colleges, appeared for the president at the Ford Theater in Washington, sang the Star-Spangled Banner' for Staples, for the Lakers," Van Dyke said on comedian Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast in March. "Mostly fundraisers. We sing for fun."

Check out videos of Van Dyke and his wife, Arlene, at the 2013 SAG Awards (above), where he had received the SAG Life Achievement Award, and of the actor and the Vantastix singing "Let's Go Fly A Kite" from "Mary Poppins" (below).

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