After getting sick onstage during a New Year’s Eve concert, George Lopez is now feeling better. During a Friday appearance on the ABC daytime talk show, The View, the comedian, 60, revealed that he had to cancel the event because he felt like he was going to “drop out.” When Lopez was immediately questioned about his health, he said that his initial worry was COVID.
“There were other people near me who had tested positive. I failed the test, “He explained. “It will be 17 years in April since I received a kidney transplant from my ex-wife. I’m not protected from what’s happening in the world.
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I remember feeling initially hot and sweaty as I first entered the stage. I started to notice what appeared to be red flashes. I had the feeling that I was going to pass out. I sat down and promptly stood up again.”
He kept going, “I felt quite heated. I believe that I had a 102.9 temperature. I was examined by the paramedics after they arrived. I was in good shape. I had some apprehension. I have upper respiratory issues, thus I should avoid dehydration. Now, I’m better.”
When Lopez left the stage, the Muckleshoot Casino Resort in Auburn, Washington requested an ambulance, according to TMZ at the time.
A video it got showed a very upset Lopez apologizing to the audience, and attendees at the show reported that Lopez started sweating and asked for water around 30 minutes into his set. Attendee Sabrina Alvarez told the publication that “you could feel something was amiss, but it was not evident what was wrong.”
The Grammy-nominated performer said on The View that the new date for the event is March 18. Because of a hereditary disorder that caused his kidneys to degenerate, Lopez has experienced a number of health problems throughout the years.
When Lopez received a kidney transplant in 2005, his donor was his then-wife Ann Serrano Lopez. The story served as the basis for an episode of his ABC sitcom by the same name, in which the character’s son Max was identified with a similar condition that needs urgent surgery.