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Published on Jul 2, 2012

Simon Sheikh Collapse on Live Tv
GETUP director Simon Sheikh has collapsed on the ABC's Q&A program having suffered an apparent seizure.

Mr Sheikh slumped forward as panellists discussed the carbon tax last night, with his head making an audible thud on the desk.

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet was answering a question on the carbon tax when he gave a confused look in Mr Sheikh's direction.

"I'm not quite sure what Simon's doing there. Is he okay? I think... he's not okay. Simon is not okay," he said.

Mr Combet and members of the show's crew rushed towards Mr Sheikh.

He regained a degree of consciousness and said "sorry, I just fainted", before he was helped backstage.

Q&A host Tony Jones said a few minutes later that Mr Sheikh had suffered a seizure and had been taken for a checkup.

Mr Sheikh's wife, Anna Rose tweeted soon after: "Thanks everyone for your concern for Simon. Ambulance has just arrived".

Mr Sheikh later took to Twitter from hospital.

"For those watching Q&A sorry I couldn't stay - I'm in hospital, thanks for all your support".

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