D.L. Hughley Confirms Covid-19 Diagnosis After Collapsing Onstage

D.L. Hughley on The Breakfast Club (2019)

Although stay-at-home orders are being lifted and businesses are slowly are starting to reopen their doors, the public is still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some areas are seeing a decrease in diagnoses, but some cases are still being reported. Now, following an incident during a recent performance, actor and comedian D.L. Hughley has confirmed that he’s been diagnosed with the virus and has opened up about the experience with fans.

D.L. Hughley initially passed out while performing at a Nashville club on Friday night and was later taken to a hospital for further examination. The footage of the performance, which was captured by TMZ, quickly went viral and left many concerned about the comedian’s well-being. Now, in a recent video posted to his Twitter account, the comedian thanked the hospital, his fans and fellow comedians for their care and well wishes:

I’m just being released from St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, I want to thank them for taking such good care of me. I want to thank you all for your well wishes and your prayers and you comedians who called and said such evil things when I was scared to death, thank you, too.

The media personality would then go onto reveal that he was being treated for severe dehydration and, after a series of tests, he was formally diagnosed with COVID-19. D.L. Hughley further explained that he was asymptomatic, meaning that he didn’t have the usual symptoms associated with the virus:

I was what they call asymptomatic. I didn’t have any 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 a loss of smell or taste. Apparently, I just lost consciousness.

Before closing out the video, Hughley also made an appeal to others to make sure they get tested for the disease, especially if they find themselves passing out in a public place. He also confirmed that he’ll be returning to his hotel room to self-quarantine for 14 days (per government regulations) and expressed his hope that he doesn’t begin to show symptoms.

D.L. Hughley definitely isn’t the first celebrity to contract COVID-19, as other like Tom Hanks, Idris Elba and Debi Mazar have also been candid about their experiences with the virus. However, like Hughley, those actors have also done what they can to encourage people to get informed about the virus and to get tested if they show symptoms. Hanks is also joining in COVID efforts by donating plasma.

The site of D.L. Hughley passing out during his performance was definitely scary, but it’s good to see he’s currently receiving treatment and appears to be in relatively good spirits. We here at CinemaBlend wish him the best as he progresses in his recovery.

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