‘It was a wake-up call’: Aaron Sorkin, 61, reveals he suffered a stroke last year with doctor telling him ‘you’re supposed to be dead’ due to his high blood pressure
Iconic screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has revealed that he had a stroke months ago with the doctor telling him that his blood pressure was so high that he was ‘supposed to be dead.’
The 61-year-old filmmaker told the New York Times on Wednesday that he had the brain attack back in November while writing his new Broadway musical Camelot.
He admitted that the stroke was a result of blood pressure so high that his doctor told him ‘you’re supposed to be dead.’
Sorkin revealed that he had experienced the symptoms of a stroke in the middle of the night as he bumped into walls and spilled his orange juice while walking around in his home office.
There have also been long-term effects like he still cannot taste food and even slurred his words for around a month after it happened and even couldn’t sign his name ‘until recently’.
Iconic screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (pictured in March 2022) has revealed that he had a stroke months ago with the doctor telling him that his blood pressure was so high that he was ‘supposed to be dead.’
The 61-year-old filmmaker (pictured in February 2021) told the New York Times on Wednesday that he had the brain attack back in November while writing his new Broadway musical Camelot
He explained: ‘Mostly it was a loud wake-up call. I thought I was one of those people who could eat whatever he wanted, smoke as much as he wanted, and it’s not going to affect me. Boy, was I wrong.’
Sorkin claims that he has since quit smoking which he has done heavily since high school and was essential to his writing process.
He explained: ‘It was just part of it, the way a pen was part of it. I don’t want to talk about it too much, because I’ll start to salivate.’
The esteemed writer said that he has also made other big changes including a healthier diet and working out twice a day in addition to medication as he said: ‘I take a lot of medicine. You can hear the pills rattling around in me.’
New York Times writer Michael Paulson revealed that Sorkin had originally told him about the stroke in passing and off the record and that they would revisit the subject so the Oscar winner could consider the implications before going public.
Ultimately Sorkin decided to talk about the incident and road to recovery in hopes that it could serve as a cautionary tale.
He explained: ‘If it’ll get one person to stop smoking, then it’ll be helpful.’
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