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Bill Nye appears fine after collapsing during USC talk

November 17, 2010 |  2:22 pm

Nye Popular TV personality Bill Nye left USC under his own power after he collapsed onstage Tuesday night in front of hundreds of audience members during a presentation at USC, campus officials said.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics and personnel from USC's public safety office arrived on the scene about 8:40 p.m. and examined Nye.

They concluded that he did not need to be taken to the hospital and he left on his own, said Capt. David Carlisle of the USC Department of Public Safety.

Though attempts to contact Nye were unsuccessful, he posted a Twitter message Wednesday morning that he was participating in a “Global Online Town Hall with Al Gore talking about math and science education in our country.”

Nye, 54, is best known for making science palatable to young audiences through humor and elaborate contraptions on the Emmy Award-winning show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which ran during the 1990s. The Studio City resident was scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. at Bovard Auditorium about his experience on the show and his views on science education.

Tristan Camacho, a USC senior who attended the lecture, said Nye was walking toward the podium when he collapsed mid-sentence.

"Then after about 10 seconds, he popped back up with much gusto and asked everybody how long he was out for and went on with a story about how a similar thing happened to him that morning," Camacho said.

Nye appeared determined to finish his presentation but began slurring his words and stumbled against his laptop, Camacho said.

At first, Nye refused the offer of a chair and continued taking sips from a water bottle. Camacho said Nye was eventually removed from the stage.

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Photo: Bill Nye last month. Credit: Tim Sloan / AFP / Getty Images

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