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Chapman looking for kidney donor

The funnyman suffers from sever hypertension and must undergo dialysis three times a week – but doctors informed the 505-pound (230-kilogram) star he would need to shape up before they could perform kidney replacement surgery.

Chapman, who plays Tracy Morgan’s sidekick on the hit TV comedy, is now hoping to find a suitable organ donor after slimming down to 350 pounds (159 kilograms).

He tells U.S. newsman Larry King, “When I first came down with the sickness (hypertension), I was 505 pounds. And they will not do the kidney transplant at that weight. So I had to bring myself down to a reasonable weight, anywhere from 300 to 350 pounds, in order to have the kidney transplant. I’m actually right now at 350.

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“Now it’s just a process of getting the right person to donate the kidney because, being that I’m a larger man, I just can’t take a smaller person’s kidney. Everybody’s kidney is the size of their fist and I have a pretty big fist. So I’m going to need a pretty decent sized kidney.”

His 30 Rock co-star and close friend Kevin Brown is hoping he’ll be a match – and he’s offered his support by joining in Chapman’s battle to get healthy.

Brown adds, “I have absolutely considered it (donating a kidney). We’ve really just got to see, you know. We’ve got to see if I’m healthy enough, because, you know, Grizz (was) over 500 pounds when we met. And that was in 2006 when we first met doing the pilot of 30 Rock.

“We both had problems with our weight. I wasn’t as heavy as he was, but for him to get down and lose 150 pounds was very impressive. And I wanted to join him in his struggle to lose the weight. So I recently started (diet program) NutriSystem just so I could lose the weight and give him that moral support (to say), ‘Hey, you’re not the only one trying to lose the weight, I’m trying to lose it.'”

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