D.L. Hughley Collapses on Stage, Learns He Has COVID-19

A video of comedian D.L. Hughley went viral on June 20 after he passed out on stage. In it, he was in the middle of a stage performance and collapsed. The audience let out an audible gasp as it happened suddenly during his set. Hughley later took to social media to let people know what is going on with his health.

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Hughley was hospitalized

Hughley was on stage at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville on June 19, seated on a stool when the incident occurred.

While telling jokes, Hughley suddenly slumped down in his seat, passed out, and fell to the floor. Fans were visibly concerned. Staff rushed up to him and carried him off the stage, and he was taken to a nearby hospital.

A fan caught the alarming event on video and shared it on social media. Around 1 in the morning, DJ Vlad tweeted that he spoke to the comedian and he was fine.

According to Today, his representative issued a statement and said he was hospitalized overnight for exhaustion.

“DL collapsed on stage last night during his second show in Nashville. 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.”

When news started making the rounds, fans sent their well wishes and support to Hughley online.

Hughley announces COVID-19 diagnosis

Hughley, who hosts a radio show and does stand-up comedy, later posted a video on his Instagram page to thank fans and give everyone an update.

He confirmed what his rep said about exhaustion and said he was severely dehydrated, but added that while being treated for those conditions, he tested positive for coronavirus.

But it turns out they ran a battery of tests, and I also tested positive for COVID-19, which blew me away. I was what they call asymptomatic, I didn’t have symptoms—none of the classic symptoms. I didn’t have flu-like symptoms, I didn’t have shortness of breath, I didn’t have difficulty breathing, I didn’t have a cough. I didn’t have a low-grade fever—I still don’t have a fever. I didn’t have loss of smell or taste. Apparently, I just lost consciousness.

Hughley added that he was being released from the hospital and going back to his hotel to quarantine himself for 14 days.

Hughley was touring

Hughley had an active tour schedule with dates lined up into October in cities scattered across the country. As the nation is re-opening slowly following pandemic lockdowns, fans continue to buy tickets for his stand-up shows.

The Nashville performance was originally a multi-night gig, but for obvious reasons, all tour dates are now either canceled or on hold. At this time, it is unclear whether Zanies’ patrons will be required to be tested for COVID-19.

Hughley is also the host of a syndicated radio program which airs on weekdays on local stations and streams via a website or mobile app. Fans are pulling for his recovery.

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