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American Pickers star Frank Fritz needs 'time to heal' after suffering a stroke


American Pickers host Mike Wolfe is wishing his former co-host Frank Fritz the best after he suffered a stroke.

Wolfe said that Frank’s fans need to ‘allow him time to heal’ in a message sent by his representative to People on Monday.

The 58-year-old host of the History Channel reality series was the first to announce last week that Fritz, 56, had suffered a stroke, and so far neither he nor his team have shared any updates on his health.

Taking his time: American Pickers host Mike Wolfe said that former co-host Frank Fritz needs 'time to heal' in a statement his rep provided to People on Monday; Fritz seen in NYC in 2015

Taking his time: American Pickers host Mike Wolfe said that former co-host Frank Fritz needs ‘time to heal’ in a statement his rep provided to People on Monday; Fritz seen in NYC in 2015

‘We asked that everyone keeps Frank and their thoughts and prayers,’ the representative for Wolfe said in a statement. ‘The most important thing is that we allow him time to heal and giving [sic] him the space to do so.’

Wolfe appears to be the lone voice sharing health updates for his former colleague, as even other people associated with American Pickers have remained silent about Fritz’s status.

Danielle Colby, who appears on the series, was also mum.

‘At this time Danielle will not be commenting to respect the privacy of Frank and his loved ones during his recovery,’ her spokesperson told Fox News Digital. 

Lone voice: Wolfe appears to be the only person sharing health updates for his former colleague, as even other people associated with American Pickers have remained silent about Fritz's status; pictured in 2015

Lone voice: Wolfe appears to be the only person sharing health updates for his former colleague, as even other people associated with American Pickers have remained silent about Fritz’s status; pictured in 2015

Hospital: Wolfe announced on Instagram last week that Fritz had been hospitalized for a stroke

Hospital: Wolfe announced on Instagram last week that Fritz had been hospitalized for a stroke

Wolfe did not initially share specifics about Fritz’s condition, but he asked fans of the History Channel series to ‘keep him in your hearts and thoughts.’ 

Fritz and Wolfe had starred on American Pickers since it debuted in 2010, though fans were surprised last July when it was announced he was leaving the show.

Wolfe hasn’t spoken about Fritz’s departure since then, though he acknowledged there has been much speculation about their friendship since then in an Instagram message on Thursday afternoon, which featured a smiling photo of Fritz. 

‘I have been very private in the past year in regards to Franks life and the journey he’s been on,’ Wolfe began. 

Leaving: Fritz and Wolfe had starred on American Pickers since it debuted in 2010, though fans were surprised last July when it was announced he was leaving the show

Leaving: Fritz and Wolfe had starred on American Pickers since it debuted in 2010, though fans were surprised last July when it was announced he was leaving the show

‘There has been lots of opinions in regards to mine and Frank’s friendship and the show but now is not the time to set the record straight. Now is the time to pray for my friend,’ he added.

‘Frank has suffered a stroke and is in the hospital. Please keep him in your hearts and thoughts,’ Wolfe said, before concluding with a direct message to Fritz.

‘Frank I pray more than anything that you make it through this okay. I love you buddy,’ Wolfe concluded.

Opinion: 'There has been lots of opinions in regards to mine and Frank’s friendship and the show but now is not the time to set the record straight. Now is the time to pray for my friend,' he added; seen in 2011 in Dayton Beach, Florida

Opinion: ‘There has been lots of opinions in regards to mine and Frank’s friendship and the show but now is not the time to set the record straight. Now is the time to pray for my friend,’ he added; seen in 2011 in Dayton Beach, Florida

American Pickers debuted on History Channel in 2010, following Wolfe, Fritz and their co-worker Danielle Colby, who run an antique store in Iowa.

Wolfe and Fritz are seen traveling the country, in search of all sorts of collectibles from collectors of all kind.

It was revealed last June that Fritz was leaving the show, as a culmination of many health problems, including a back surgery and suffering from Crohn’s Disease.

Debut: American Pickers debuted on History Channel in 2010, following Wolfe, Fritz and their co-worker Danielle Colby-Cushman, who run an antique store in Iowa; pictured in 2011

Debut: American Pickers debuted on History Channel in 2010, following Wolfe, Fritz and their co-worker Danielle Colby-Cushman, who run an antique store in Iowa; pictured in 2011

Wolfe released a statement that said Fritz, ‘is like a brother to me,’ adding he will, ‘pray for the very best and all good things for him on the next part of his journey.’

Fritz, however, painted a much different picture in an interview with The Sun.

‘Mike’s statement was bulls***, somebody wrote it out for him. We never were friends in grade school. I don’t believe in ten years he’s said five nice things to me, you know? Unless he was cutting somebody else down and we were both laughing,’ Fritz said.

Brothers: Wolfe released a statement that said Fritz, 'is like a brother to me,' adding he will, 'pray for the very best and all good things for him on the next part of his journey'; seen in 2010

Brothers: Wolfe released a statement that said Fritz, ‘is like a brother to me,’ adding he will, ‘pray for the very best and all good things for him on the next part of his journey’; seen in 2010

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