A trip to Starbucks took a very unfortunate turn for America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel on Wednesday.
The former Deal or No Deal host fell unconscious outside the coffee chain location. According to TMZ, Mandel was at a Starbucks in the Woodland Hills area with his wife and some of their friends when he passed out.
After he passed out, he was laid on a bench in the outdoor area. From there, paramedics were called to the scene and the actor and personality was taken to a hospital in the Tarzana area.
The outlet reports that Howie had sat up and was responsive by the time members of the Los Angeles Fire Department arrived. As one might guess, the report says that customers and employees were surprised to see him pass out.
TMZ says that they will update the story as more info comes out, but that their sources say he fainted from low blood sugar and doctors are looking into his condition.
Howie Mandel Recently Opened Up on Depression and Mental Health Struggles
Recently, Mandel released a documentary about his life called Howie Mandel: But, Enough About Me. It touches on a myriad of topics related to the star’s journey through fame. But a key focus is on his struggles with depression and mental health.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, one of Mandel’s major issues, his status as a germaphobe, came to the forefront.
“This broke out, and [we] had to continue and I had to show up places. And cameramen are wearing mask suits and it’s just really hard,” he said to TMZ. “Obviously, as I’ve been open about and I am in the documentary, my mental health is on full display. And I talk about it in the documentary, the thing that drove me to go get help and notify myself of my own issues was an ultimatum I once got from my wife where she said ‘You either go get help, or that’s it.’”
As Mandel says in so many words his wife nearly divorced him as he initially refused to get help.
Of course, the America’s Got Talent judge said the experience has taught him a lot about the struggles of others. He implored others to also get the help and attention they need.
“You don’t have to have OCD or ADHD or all the issues I deal with,” Mandel said. “You just have to be a human being and this has put a weight on the world’s shoulders. People are screaming out for help, people that would normally not ask for help. So if there is one glass half full, I believe that the stigma of having a mental health issue or reaching out and asking for a coping skill is kind of making its way to the forefront.”