‘Dehydrated’ Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, falls ill at NYC event, receiving check-up

Posted: 12:33 PM, May 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-24 13:47:38-04

NEW YORK -- Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, fell ill at an NYC event Friday morning. The Upper West Side congressman's office said he was dehydrated and is receiving medical attention.

Video of the episode shows Mayor Bill de Blasio offering Nadler water after the congressman's head tilted forward.

The chairman of the House Judiciary committee had given remarks at an event about speed enforcement cameras in school zones when he slumped in his chair on Friday.

As people moved to assist him, Nadler put his hand to his head and appeared disoriented, then seemed to recover after a few minutes. He speaking and alert, telling people near him that he was OK.

The 71-year-old Democrat was given water and an orange as staff cleared reporters from the school gymnasium where the event took place.

An ambulance took Nadler to a hospital about 45 minutes later.

A few minutes after leaving the school in the ambulance, Nadler said in a tweet that he was fine.

"Appreciate everyone's concern. Was very warm in the room this morning, was obviously dehydrated and felt a bit ill. Glad to receive fluids and am feeling much better. Thank you for your thoughts," he wrote.

Nadler spokesman Daniel Schwarz also blamed dehydration.

"He was sitting down so did not faint or anything, just was a bit ill. He is responsive and receiving a check-up."

Mayor de Blasio, a Democrat who recently announced he was running for president, was sitting next to Nadler and answering questions when Nadler slumped over.