Darryl Lynne “D.L.” Hughley was in the middle of performing his stand-up routine at Zanies Comedy Night Club in Nashville, Tennessee on June 19, when the comedian suddenly passed out and fell to the ground. TMZ reported he left on a stretcher and was taken to a local hospital where he was held overnight.
In the video shared on Twitter, Hughley, 57, can be heard saying, “They were immigrants,” before his voice trails off and the audience starts gasping. Someone quickly runs out on stage to assist Hughley, but he slides off his stool and hits his head on the stage floor. Two men are then seen dragging Hughley off the stage.
A video of the scary incident quickly went viral on Twitter with fans sending out their prayers that he’s okay.
Prior to the show, Hughley was hyping his performance on Instagram. He shared a clip from The Jeffersona and wrote, “Got your white friends showing OUT on #Juneteenth 🤣🤣🤣 #TeamDL.”
Hughley, one of the original four “Big Kings of Comedy,” is a prolific writer, actor, and producer. He’s starred in numerous films such as Inspector Gadget, Scary Movie, Spy School, and just wrapped working on Timothy Scott Bogart’s upcoming film, Spinning Gold. Off-screen, he’s been married to wife Ladonna since 1986 with whom he shares three children.
Hughley Tested Positive for Coronavirus At the Hospital
Hughley was able to update his fans on his health status on Saturday evening. He said that while he was in the hospital that the doctors ran a whole slew of tests. While initially, Hughley passing out was chalked up to extreme exhaustion and dehydration, he also tested positive for COVID-19.
“I’m going back to my hotel room to quarantine for 14 days. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes,” Hughley said, who was asymptomatic, and not wearing a mask at his stand up show.
DJ Vlad Tweeted That Hughley ‘Is Okay’
Thankfully, DJ Vlad, a popular YouTube journalist whose real name is Vladislav Lyubovny, tweeted out an update on Hughley later in the evening. He wrote, “DL Hughley is okay. I just spoke to him.” While he didn’t go into any detail, it was reassuring to learn that The Hughleys star was not in any grave danger following the incident.
Comedian Jay Washington also heard that Hughley is on the mend. Washington tweeted, “I just got a text from someone close to D.L that he is doing fine now. THAT IS A BLESSING TO HEAR.”
On Saturday, Hughley’s rep told TMZ, “D.L. is gonna be okay.” He was “suffering from exhaustion after all the week’s work and travel, and was kept overnight at the hospital for tests under doctor’s orders. He is awake and feeling better, and wishes to thank everyone for the very kind prayer and thoughts.”
Hughley Has Been an Extremely Vocal Activist Amid the Black Lives Matters Protests
One look at Hughley’s Instagram page, and it’s clear that he’s been following every development and incident following the death of George Floyd. While promoting his new book, Surrender, White People! Our Unconditional Terms for Peace, on SiriusXM’s The Joe Madison Show, he opened up about the current state of the nation, and the removing statues of confederate leaders.
“If we want people to see our struggle and come to our aid, we need to do it when it’s not necessarily our fight either,” Hughley said. “To say it’s America and Black people have had a very violent relationship, but it’s like a marriage where you’ve had a violent relationship, but you’ve decided to move on, but the brutalizer wants to keep all the images of the damage and terror and brutality.”
Hughley was particularly passionate about the need for Washington D.C’s football franchise to change the team’s name.
“And, the Redskins, it’s just as disgusting, and just as denigrating as the N-word in my estimation,” he said. “And I think that if we stopped playing for them, we stopped supporting their gang. Let me tell you, without Black people, football would be rugby. And it is one of the clearest examples of how powerful we are.”
In 2018, Hughley published a book titled, How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People, which became a New York Times Bestseller. His First New York Times bestseller was published in 2017 – Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Years.