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Ralph Siegel Also Suffers From Drews Disease: What Actually Is Polyneuropathy? | entertainment

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The disease is on its knees…

He has been on stage for over 60 years and is one of Germany’s most recognizable stars. Jürgen Drews (77, “Ein Bett im Kornfeld”) has now ended his career and is retiring to private life.

Last Saturday he had one of his last appearances at Florian Silbereisen (40’s) “Big Slasher Beach Party”. Because Drews suffers from a neuropathic disease, polyneuropathy, which increasingly restricts his movements.

After announcing his farewell on Saturday at ARD, Jürgen Drews cried backstage

Photo: Malte Krudewig

Drews to BILD am SONNTAG: “I’m not as flexible as I used to be and realize it’s so good to be at home. That’s why I decided to spend as much time as possible with my wife Ramona, my daughter Giulina and our animals and enjoy being at home.”

And the disease affects his body as follows: “Unfortunately this disease cannot be cured. But thank God, I only have a mild form of neuropathy. It shows in my nerves. So I am often a bit unsteady on my feet and have to focus a lot if it is I’m supposed to take long walks on stage. I’m not in pain, but my body and condition changes.”

Ralph Siegel also suffers from neuropathy

Polyneuropathy is a chronic neurological disease that is manifested, among other things, by twitching and muscle spasms in the feet and legs, and rarely in the arms or internal organs. Numbness and paralysis can also occur.

Like Drews, music producer Ralph Siegel (76, “Zeppelin – Das Musical”) also suffers from this disease!

He told Bild, “I got the diagnosis about nine months ago. It started with pain in my feet. I can barely walk or stand.”

But quitting smoking is out of the question for him.

“I respect Jürgen’s decision to retire. But I continue to work – even while seated. A new musical is already being planned.”