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Howie Mandel says colonoscopy led to dehydration that caused him to faint at an LA Starbucks


Howie Mandel said that the aftereffects of a recent colonoscopy led to an incident in which he fainted at a Woodland Hills, California Starbucks on Wednesday.

The America’s Got Talent personality, 65, had been out getting coffee with his wife and friends when he fainted while inside the location, and was eventually rushed via ambulance to a nearby hospital.

He opened up about the incident on Thursday on his podcast Howie Mandel Does Stuff with his daughter Jackelyn Shultz, 37.

The latest: Howie Mandel, 65, said that the aftereffects of a recent colonoscopy led to an incident in which he fainted at a Woodland Hills, California Starbucks on Wednesday

‘I was dehydrated,’ Mandel said. ‘I had a colonoscopy a few days ago. You take a drink and you empty out.’

Mandel said he had ‘consensual diarrhea the entire night,’ as he ‘took something that gives you consensual diarrhea and then … was dehydrated’ as a result.

Mandel said he rushed back to work too soon, and took in too much caffeine, factors that led to him fainting.

‘The moment I woke up from the colonoscopy I worked,’ he said. ‘I did Logan Paul’s podcast and then I did [another] podcast. And all I kind of lived on was coffee and caffeine, which also exacerbates dehydration, I was told … apparently when you do that you will pass out at Starbucks.’

Mandel opened up about the incident on Thursday on his podcast Howie Mandel Does Stuff with his daughter Jackelyn Shultz, 37

Mandel opened up about the incident on Thursday on his podcast Howie Mandel Does Stuff with his daughter Jackelyn Shultz, 37 

Mandel said he rushed back to work too soon from a colonoscopy, and took in too much caffeine, factors that led to him fainting

Mandel said he rushed back to work too soon from a colonoscopy, and took in too much caffeine, factors that led to him fainting 

Mandel said that in the incident, he ‘got really dizzy and couldn’t stand up,’ but believes he remained conscious throughout.

‘I got totally soaked with sweat,’ Mandel said. ‘For somebody who’s dehydrated, I had a lot of sweat in me. And then next thing I know I was surrounded by the fire department and then they took me to the hospital, they did all these tests on my heart.’ 

On Wednesday evening, Mandel gave an update on Twitter about his condition with fans and assured them that he was okay after being dehydrated and having low blood sugar.

He wrote: ‘I am home and doing better. I was dehydrated and had low blood sugar. I appreciate the great doctors and nurses that took such good care of me. Thank you to everyone who reached out but I am doing ok!’

Scary! Mandel was rushed to the hospital after passing out and falling at a Starbucks in Woodland Hills on Wednesday. He was snapped in LA last month

Scary! Mandel was rushed to the hospital after passing out and falling at a Starbucks in Woodland Hills on Wednesday. He was snapped in LA last month

'I am home and doing better': On Wednesday evening, Mandel gave an update on Twitter about his condition with fans and assured them that he was okay after being dehydrated and having low blood sugar

‘I am home and doing better’: On Wednesday evening, Mandel gave an update on Twitter about his condition with fans and assured them that he was okay after being dehydrated and having low blood sugar

After falling Mandel was taken outside to lay down on a bench before paramedics arrived and rushed him to a hospital in nearby Tarzana, California, TMZ reported. 

It appeared that the Canadian comic was able to sit up by the time help from the Los Angeles Fire Department arrived. 

Howie is said to be a regular at the shop and other customers there were shocked by the situation.

Insiders suspect the Deal Or No Deal star fainted from low blood sugar. Doctors are now said to be running tests at the hospital.

Routine: Three days ago the star posted a TikTok video from the hospital, where he had undergone a routine colonoscopy and endoscopy

Routine: Three days ago the star posted a TikTok video from the hospital, where he had undergone a routine colonoscopy and endoscopy

Three days ago the star posted a TikTok video from the hospital, where he had undergone a routine colonoscopy and endoscopy.

He tagged the video #Hospital and #recovery while seeming a bit woozy and admitting he was still under the influence of some heavy medication. 

Howie has been taking it easy after wrapping season 16 of America’s Got Talent last month.

In the past, the star has been open about his struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and an intense fear of germs.

Germaphobe: In the past, the star has been open about his struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and an intense fear of germs. He's seen in full hazmat attire in March 2020 during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic above

Germaphobe: In the past, the star has been open about his struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and an intense fear of germs. He’s seen in full hazmat attire in March 2020 during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic above

In June he told People he was ‘living in a nightmare’ because of the repetitive and intrusive thoughts that stem from his condition.

‘I try to anchor myself. I have a beautiful family and I love what I do. But at the same time, I can fall into a dark depression I can’t get out of,’ he explained.

He added how much comedy has helped him through the dark times, telling the magazine: ‘Comedy saved me in a way. I’m most comfortable onstage. And when I don’t have anything to do, I turn inward — and that’s not good.’

Howie has been married to wife Terry since 1980. They share son Alex, 31, and daughters Riley, 28, and Jacky.



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