A scary moment!
Howie Mandel was reportedly rushed to a nearby hospital after he collapsed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 13.
The America’s Got Talent judge reportedly fell over after a dizzy spell and was then laid on a bench outside to get some fresh air.
After help arrived, Mandel was alert and able to speak with first responders, but out of precaution was whisked away to a local medical center to be looked at.
A source close to the self-confessed germaphobe believes he “fainted due to low blood sugar” and noted “doctors are running a battery of tests to be sure.”
The “Howie Mandel Does Stuff” podcast host was with his wife of over 40 years, Terry Mandel, when the horrifying ordeal happened. The duo share three kids, daughters Jackie, 37, and Riley, 29, and son Alex, 32.
The comedian is used to making people laugh on stage, but recently revealed his life-long struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD] sometimes leaves him feeling “broken.”
“If you leave me alone with my own thoughts, it’s a dark place,” the TV personality admitted in a candid interview, OK! reported.
He detailed how his OCD led to his debilitating fear of germs. “OCD are these intrusive thoughts that keep coming in, so much that you have no control and you can’t stop,” he explained. “And those thoughts are so strong that it stops your life.”
“There isn’t a waking moment of my life when ‘we could die’ doesn’t come into my psyche,” the Bobby’s World actor said, noting the isolation of the pandemic made his dark thoughts worse. “But the solace I would get would be the fact that everyone around me was okay. It’s good to latch onto okay. But the whole world was not okay. And it was absolute hell.”
He then explained how comedy has served as an outlet and a coping skill for him as he battles his disorder. “It’s not only about making them laugh, it's about just being in the room with somebody and kinda knowing and feeling alive,” he said. “Nothing keeps me in the now more than being on stage doing stand up comedy”