A Los Angeles-based meteorologist suddenly collapsed on Saturday morning during a live television broadcast.
Alissa Carlson Schwartz led KCAL’s newscast with a weather update on the impending rain in Los Angeles. However, she passed out before she could even begin her report, TMZ reported.
“The video is absolutely horrifying…you see Carlson’s eyes roll the back of her head, and she starts leaning forward on the desk where she was standing. Eventually, she completely collapses,” the outlet added.
When Nichelle Medina and Rachel Kim realized what was going on, they immediately panicked and cut the ad.
Watch: Relieved to report that CBS LA meteorologist Alissa Carlson Schwartz says she’s “going to be fine” after that scary moment when she passed out on live broadcast this morning. The show paused as co-workers rushed to help her. pic.twitter.com/u3TI2rvZkt
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CBS Los Angeles vice president and news director Mike Dello Stritto released a statement to TMZ hours after Carlson collapsed on camera.
“Our colleague Alissa Carlson fell ill during our 7 a.m. newscast this morning. I want to thank her colleagues who took immediate action to comfort Alissa and call 911,” Stritto said.
On his Facebook page, Carlson also provided a short update. Although nothing was said about what could have caused her to fall apart.
“Thank you for all the texts, calls and good wishes. I’m fine!” she wrote.
According to TMZ, the meteorologist had a previous heart condition.
“Here’s the thing…Carlson had already experienced a similar episode years ago – vomiting on set during a weather report while at another station – and as a result…she was diagnosed with a valve leaky heart. That was in 2014,” TMZ reported.