Howie Mandel Shares Health Update After Collapsing in Local Starbucks

Howie Mandel has revealed he has returned home from hospital and "doing better," after passing out during a visit to a Starbucks in Los Angeles.

The America's Got Talent star, 65, collapsed while visiting a branch of the coffeehouse chain in Woodland Hills with his wife, Terry Mandel, and friends on Wednesday morning, TMZ reported.

A representative for the Los Angeles Fire Department further told Entertainment Tonight that they received a call at 10:03 a.m. concerning a 65-year-old male experiencing a medical problem.

The former Deal or No Deal host, who TMZ reported recovered on an outdoor cement bench as he awaited help, was then transported to a hospital in nearby Tarzana.

Canadian-born Mandel took to Twitter hours later to update fans on his health, as well as the reasons behind the health scare.

"I am home and doing better. I was dehydrated and had low blood sugar," the TV personality informed his more than 820,000 followers.

He then went on to thank the medical staff that took care of him, as well as those who contacted him as news of the incident circulated.

"I appreciate the great doctors and nurses that took such good care of me," he added. "Thank you to everyone who reached out but I am doing ok!"

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!

— Howie Mandel (@howiemandel) October 14, 2021

Days before the incident, Mandel was in the hospital for different reasons as he underwent a colonoscopy and endoscopy.

Sharing video footage of himself in hospital on Instagram after the procedure, the star wrote: "The patient in the next bed recognized my voice and tried to audition for agt as he was waking up."

Mandel has been open about his health in the past, particularly his ADHD and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

In a 2019 interview with the Houston Chronicle, he also spoke about his high cholesterol, which he had been diagnosed with in his early 40s, but didn't take seriously as he lived a healthy lifestyle.

"It didn't mean anything at the time, so I didn't take care of it," he admitted. "I run every day, eat healthy and I stay physically fit. I didn't feel bad, so it was like going to a computer store and they try to sell you all the technology that you don't really need for your laptop."

While his doctor prescribed him a statin at the time, Mandel said that he didn't like the way it made him feel, so stopped taking it.

"[My doctor] gave me the riot act," he recounted. "He said, 'Why would you stop and not tell me?' Turns out, there are many choices of statins, and I could find one that didn't have bad side effects. That was key."

Mandel, who turned to advocacy by backing the Take Cholesterol to Heart Campaign, urged others to take it more seriously than he initially did.

"You can't make an informed decision on your own health without being a professional," he explained. "Because it's so silent, it's not anything that people really are talking about. Everyone talks about a bad back and what chiropractor they use, but this is many times more dangerous."

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Howie Mandel attends "America's Got Talent" Season 16 Finale at Dolby Theatre on September 15, 2021 in Hollywood, California. The TV personality gave fans a health update, after passing out at a local Starbucks in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Amy Sussman/Getty Images