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D.L. Hughley says he has COVID-19 after collapsing during comedy show

"He is awake and feeling better, and wishes to thank everyone for the very kind prayers and thoughts," a representative for the comedian said.
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Comedian D.L. Hughley performs on Feb. 29, 2020 in Pasadena, Calif.Michael S. Schwartz / Getty Images file

Actor and comedian D. L. Hughley said Saturday he tested positive for the coronavirus after collapsing during a show the previous night in Nashville.

Hughley, 57, said he learned he was infected when he was was hospitalized Friday for exhaustion and dehydration after the fall and underwent a battery of tests.

"I also tested positive for COVID-19, which blew me away," he said in a video posted to Twitter. "I didn’t have any symptoms."

It was unclear if his collapse was related to the virus.

"Apparently, I just lost consciousness," he said.

Hughley was released from the hospital Saturday night and said he would self-isolate for 14 days. He thanked medical workers, fans and fellow comedians for lifting his spirits.

"You comedians who called and said such evil things when I was scared to death, thank you, too," he said.

Hughley's name was trending on Twitter on Saturday after a video surfaced of the incident at Zanies Comedy Night Club. In the video, Hughley is talking to the crowd when he suddenly starts to slide off the stool he's sitting on.

A man rushes to the stage to help as Hughley falls on the ground. Several more people come to the stage and carry him out of the room.

His representative told NBC News in a statement, "He was suffering from exhaustion after all the week's work and travel."

It was his second show in Nashville.

Many people took to Twitter to wish him a speedy recovery.

"@RealDLHughley prayin for u bra.. u a legend stay strong!" one message read, which Hughley re-tweeted on his Twitter account.

"I hope DL Hughley is fine. This looks extremely scary," another Twitter user wrote.

Fellow comedian Loni Love tweeted: "My comedy brother DL Hughley is okay" with prayer hand emojis.

Hughley was hospitalized overnight and underwent testing. "He is awake and feeling better, and wishes to thank everyone for the very kind prayers and thoughts," his representative said.

Zanies reopened in late May after it was forced to close during the coronavirus pandemic. The club said in a Facebook post that it has opened to half capacity. Hughley was also scheduled to perform a show Sunday night.

Dennis Romero contributed.