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ESPN analyst collapses on live TV as co-anchor pleads for help

Worrisome scenes at the Rose Bowl, where minutes before the start of the Real Madrid vs AC Milan friendly, Shaka Hislop lost consciousness during a pre-game segment. The former GK and ESPN soccer analyst was doing a routine segment with co-host Dan Thomas, before wobbling about and then falling over.

The cameras stayed panned on the co-hosts, as Thomas pled for help from medical services: "Shak! (in reference to Hislop) Shak! Help!". Seconds later, fellow media employees and stadium security entered the frame, before the cameras finally focused elsewhere.

Shaka Hislop, ESPN analyst, collapses on live TV before Real Madrid friendlyESPN

Shaka Hislop's status after fainting

It is not known yet exactly what occurred to Shaka Hislop, but the high temperature, humidity and poor air quality at the Rose Bowl Stadium are conditions where this can happen. Especially on a high-tension situation like doing a live TV broadcast during the Soccer Champions tour.

As for Hislop's status, analyst Dan Thomas shared good news on his social media accounts, assuring that his co-anchor was "conscious and medics looking after him".

Update: At halftime, Dan Thomas gave further details on his colleague's state. The ESPN analyst said they spoke with Hislop's family to reassure them that all was under control.

He also said the former Trinidad and Tobago player felt "embarrassed" and is someone who "doesn't like to make a fuss". Thomas said it is still too early to tell what happened, but that his co-worker and friend is "doing well and speaking about what happened with medical personnel.

Hislop joined ESPN in 2008 after a storied international soccer career in which he played for Newcastle, West Ham, Reading, Portsmouth and Dallas. He also had 26 caps with Trinidad and Tobago.

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