Frank Fritz, The “American Pickers” Star Hospitalized After Health Issues

Frank Fritz, who is known for his work on “American Pickers,” is facing some serious health issues. He is hospitalized after suffering a stroke. The American Pickers co-host Mike Wolfe broke the news of Frank Fritz’s hospitalization on Instagram. Also, he urged followers to keep him in their thoughts and prayers as he deals with this medical crisis.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Wolfe, 58, broke the terrible news about his estranged friend Fritz, 56.

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Mike Wolfe’s comment

“I have been very private in the past year in regards to Frank’s life and the journey he’s been on. There have 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. Frank has suffered a stroke and is in the hospital. Please keep him in your hearts and thoughts. Frank, I pray more than anything that you make it through this okay. I love you, buddy.”

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Frank Fritz in American Pickers

Frank Fritz and Wolfe started serving as hosts of American Pickers in January 2010. While Frtiz made his final appearance on the program a decade later, in March 2020.
The 2010 debut of “American Pickers” on the History Channel followed Wolfe, Fritz, and Danielle Colby-Cushman as they operated an antique shop in Iowa.

Wolfe and Frank Fritz are seen exploring the nation in search of different antique rarities. Fritz’s exit from the show was made public last June due to a number of health issues. Which were back surgery and Fritz’s fight with Crohn’s disease.

Prior to taking a break to recover from a taxing back surgery that left him with 185 stitches and two rods in his spine, he last made an appearance on the show in an episode dated March 2020. The fact that Frank Fritz had been fired from the show in July 2021 was made public by Wolfe.

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Fritz and Wolfe’s friendship

Frank Fritz exclusively disclosed to The Sun that Wolfe did not contact him since he was fired from the show. Despite the fact that they were childhood friends.


“I haven’t talked to Mike in two years,” he said. “He knew my back was messed up, but he didn’t call me up and ask how I was doing. That’s just how it is.”

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Frank Fritz
Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe(Credit: Getty Images)

Frank Fritz’ life

Fritz recently shed 29 kilograms and was said to be leading a healthy lifestyle and refraining from alcohol as part of an effort to change his life. He disclosed to The Sun last year that he spent 77 days in rehab for alcohol abuse.

Frank Fritz
Frank Fritz (Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

It happened following his breakup with his longtime girlfriend and former fiancée Diann Bankson. Fritz admitted that he tried to drink her away after their breakup. Before, he had never drunk so much. The antique enthusiast is battling Crohn’s disease, a condition he has had for more than 30 years.

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