Comedian and radio host DL Hughley suffered what appeared to be a syncope spell and passed out during his standup comedy routine in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, Jun 19.
Syncope is the medical term for fainting or a loss of consciousness. Syncope can be heart (cardiac) or neurological. It can also be caused by dehydration, orthostatic hypotension and a stroke.
The first hint of trouble came when the 57-year-old comic began slurring his words. The audience thought his slurred speech was part of the act and laughed.
Seconds later, DL slumped backwards and slid off his stool to the stage as a friend rushed to him.
It was obvious that DL lost consciousness as several people carried the limp comedian off the stage.
According to The Hollywood reporter, DL was hospitalized in stable condition with what his rep said was “exhaustion”.
“He was suffering from exhaustion after all the week’s work and travel, and was kept overnight at the hospital for tests under doctor’s orders. He is awake and feeling better, and wishes to thank everyone for the very kind prayers and thoughts,” Hughley’s representative told The Hollywood Reporter.
My loyal readers know that there is no such medical diagnosis as “exhaustion”. That is typically a faux condition used by celebrities when they don’t want to disclose the real ailment.