Comedian Heather McDonald suffered a skull fracture after she collapsed on stage Saturday at an Arizona comedy club.
McDonald, 51, was on stage at the Tempe Improv on Saturday night for about three minutes before she “suddenly collapsed” and suffered a skull fracture as a result of the fall, a statement on her Facebook page said.
She was taken to a local hospital where tests revealed no underlying medical issues that may have caused her collapse. The statement also noted that McDonald has been tested for COVID-19 and remains negative, and had “consumed no alcohol prior to or during the show.”
“I’m in the emergency room … I’m so, so, so, so sorry,” McDonald said in a selfie video taken from a hospital bed, which has since expired from her Instagram Stories. “I passed out onstage. I got up, I did one joke and I felt so dizzy. You can see my eye – I fell. Oh my God. I cannot believe this happened. I feel so terrible that they had to tell everyone to leave and then cancel the second show. Tempe, I will be back.”
USA TODAY has reached out to McDonald’s representative for further updates.
McDonald has released stand-up specials including “Juicy Scoop” (2020) and “I Don’t Mean To Brag” (2014), and hosts a comedy and pop culture podcast titled “Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald.” Previously, she served as the host of TLC’s “All About Sex,” was a writer and producer on “Chelsea Lately,” and appeared in the Wayans Brothers’ “White Chicks” and “Dance Flicks.”
She has also made cameos on reality shows including “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” “The Bachelorette,” “Vanderpump Rules,” and several of the “Real Housewives” franchise series.
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McDonald isn’t the first performer to suffer a fall during a show – Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Tim McGraw, Kelly Rowland and Kid Cudi have also experienced incidents of collapsing or falling during performances.
In November, “The Voice” contestant Wendy Moten, 56, tripped over a speaker and landed hard on stage during a live performance of The Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself.” Her coach, country singer Blake Shelton, quickly rushed to her aid and Moten assured viewers after a commercial break that she was “a little bruised” but OK.
Contributing: Haleigh Kochanski, The Arizona Republic
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