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Tiger great Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

FOX Sports Detroit announced that analyst and former Tiger Kirk Gibson is dealing with Parkinson's.

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DETROIT -- Those who watch the FOX Sports Detroit broadcast regularly have noticed that Kirk Gibson hasn't been on the air all that much recently.

Tuesday FSD and Gibson announced that after undergoing several tests, the former Detroit Tiger was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Gibson made the following statement in a press release from FSD:

"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. While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible."

FSD added that Gibson would be welcome back as his treatment permits and look forward to his return to broadcasting with the station.