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Former Spartan and Detroit Tiger Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

April 28, 2015

Former MSU and Detroit Tigers great 57-year-old Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Gibson returned to the booth of the Tigers following a stint as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has not been with the team since opening day.

Gibson was an All-American wide receiver on the football team at MSU, he also played baseball for the Spartans for one season. He was also a key member of the Tigers 1984 World Series Championship team.

Gibson's son, Cam, is a junior outfielder on the Spartan baseball team.

Parkinson's disease has effected other notable athletes such as Muhammad Ali. It is a nervous system disorder that effects movement and can be slow moving in its progression.

In a statement obtained by the Lansing State Journal, Gibson vowed to face this challenge.

"I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles."

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