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Shaka Hislop, the goalie for West Ham and Newcastle, passes out on live television prior to Real Madrid vs. Milan’s preseason match.

Shaka Hislop passed out during a live TV broadcast on Sunday before the friendly between AC Milan and Real Madrid in California.

Hislop was working for ESPN before the Real Madrid vs AC Milan match

At the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the former goalie for West Ham and Newcastle faltered and fell forward to the ground while working as a commentator for ESPN.

As co-presenter Dan Thomas yelled for help, ESPN swiftly left the area.

There have been reports of temperatures in California exceeding 30 degrees Celsius, however it is unclear if this contributed to Hislop’s collapse.

A short while later, Thomas provided a favorable update on his colleague’s status, and Hislop has since verified he is doing well and is receiving testing.

At the interval, Thomas provided an update, saying, “As things stand right now, it’s excellent news. My pal, Shaka, is not here.

Hislop collapsed during the live broadcast

“He’s conscious. He’s talking. I think he’s a little embarrassed about it all. He’s apologised profusely. Not a man who likes people to make a fuss of him.

“Obviously far too early to make any sort of diagnosis, but the important thing is that Shaka’s conscious and we spoke to his family as well, because you imagine seeing that happen live.

“Fortunately we have spoke to his wife and things are looking OK.”

To highlight he was in a better way, Hislop himself joked in a social media video post on Monday night: “Well, that was awkward. What a 24 hours this has been.”

He didn’t offer any reason for his collapse, but added: “‘Listen, every so often life gives you moment to pause and this was mine.

“I would like to say thanks to Dan and the ESPN family – the camera operators, the medical staff at the Rose Bowl who all responded in the way they did and afforded me the care that I got. Thank you,” said Hislop, who also played for Reading, Newcastle and Portsmouth.

“I know now that even when we argue and disagree, I have the fullest support of each and every one of you and I am looking forward to getting back and doing what I enjoy doing most.”

The 54-year-old made 132 appearances for West Ham over two stints, from 1998 to 2002 and 2005 to 2006.

Hislop earned 26 caps while playing football for Trinidad & Tobago on the international front. The former goalie also played for Reading, Newcastle, and Portsmouth before joining FC Dallas in the Major League Soccer.

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