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Video: ESPN analyst collapses suddenly on live broadcast

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July 24, 2023

A former professional soccer player turned ESPN analyst collapsed during a live broadcast on Sunday, alarming video of the moment shows.

Shaka Hislop, 54, was talking to co-host Dan Thomas when he collapsed on the sidelines of a match between AC Milan and Real Madrid.

“Shak! Shak! We need some help! We need medical!” Thomas shouted shortly after Hislop collapsed.

After kickoff, Thomas provided viewers with an update on his co-host’s health.

“My mate Shaka, not here, but as it stands, it’s good news,” Thomas said. “He’s conscious, he’s talking. I think he’s a little embarrassed about it all, he’s apologized profusely. Not a man who likes people to make a fuss of him.”

“Obviously, far to early to make any sort of diagnosis, but the important thing is that Shaka is conscious,” he added.

Thomas noted that officials spoke to Hislop’s family and reassured them that “things are looking ok.”

It is unclear what caused Hislop to collapse.

In a similar incident earlier this year, a Louisiana State University basketball player suddenly collapsed behind President Joe Biden during the team’s national championship celebration at the White House.

Video of the moment shows freshman Sa’Myah Smith collapsing during Biden’s remarks.

“Help help help help help,” someone says as all of the attention in the room turns to Smith.

Seconds before the White House cuts their video feed, Biden says, “Folks, it’s ok.”

According to the Daily Advertiser, LSU coach Kim Mulkey said the athlete “was fine.”

“As you can see, we leave our mark wherever we go,” Mulkey said. “No, Sa’Myah is fine for those of you who are concerned. Sa’Myah is fine I’ll assure you of that. She’s kind of, right now, embarrassed. She doesn’t want to leave, she wants to stand with us but she needs to be checked out.”