Is Tom Felton OK?! That seems to be the question on everyone’s minds after the Harry Potter star collapsed during a celebrity golf tournament on Thursday, September 23. According to an eye-witness, he suffered from a seizure in the middle of the match, and had to be rushed to the hospital.
“They had to call for medics and everything. He eventually sat up and was taken to the hospital. It was scary to see,” the onlooker wrote. “A lady who was sitting near us was a medic and ran down to help so she came back and told us who it was and what happened. I guess he was taken to a local hospital.”
Tom Felton having a seizure at the Ryder Cup today was not news I was expecting a day after his 34th birthday. Hope he's okay pic.twitter.com/W514LRHLUk— Kaylee (@ThatOneViolin) September 23, 2021
Photos have emerged that show the actor on the ground with a group of medics around him. He could also be seen getting carried on a stretch and taken away on a golf cart.
“In today’s Ryder Cup Celebrity Match, actor and musician Tom Felton experienced a medical incident on the course while participating for Europe,” the Professional Golfers’ Association said in a statement. “He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No further details are available.”
Is Tom Felton Going To Be OK?
According to his longtime friend, Derek Pitts, the star is doing OK. He took to Instagram hours after the incident to give everyone an update, writing, “He’s OK.”
He added, “Hope you get better soon, Tom. Speedy recovery, brother.”
Derek has updated up and he’s ok 🙂 WISHING YOU A SPEEDY RECOVERY TOM 🙂 pic.twitter.com/uK5XSJpvkN— eavie_Malfoy (@eavie29954805) September 24, 2021
One of Felton’s fan accounts also revealed that they spoke to Pitts about the situation.
“Well, we just got confirmation that he’s OK!” they shared on Twitter. “Derek [wrote to us] to let us know that Tom was well and he thought it appropriate not only to share this with us, but also with the rest of you.”
Well, we just got confirmation that he's okay! 💖— Tom Felton Updates. (@tfeltnews) September 23, 2021
Derek then wrote us again to let us know that Tom was well and he thought it appropriate not only to share this with us, but also with the rest of you. 𝗛𝗲 𝗮𝘀𝗸𝗲𝗱 𝘂𝘀 to let you know. That is why we gave the name later.— Tom Felton Updates. (@tfeltnews) September 24, 2021
Phew, that’s such a relief!
What Has Tom Felton Been Up To Since ‘Harry Potter?’
After the Harry Potter series ended, Felton continued to act. He went on to star in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Apparition, From the Rough, In Secret, Belle, Murder in the First, Against the Sun, Risen, Message from the King, A United Kingdom, Stratton, The Flash, Megan Leavey, Feed, Ophelia, Origin, Braking for Whales, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, The Forgotten Battle and more. He’s also got five new movies in the works, so yeah, the list seriously goes on and on!
That’s not all. The former wizard also stepped into the music industry, and released four EPs over the years. As for his love life, he dated Jade Olivia Gordon (who portrayed his character, Draco Malfoy’s wife in the HP movies) from 2008 to 2016. Now, it looks like he’s single.
Have Any Other Stars Had Seizures Before?
It turns out, Felton isn’t the only star to have a seizure. Back in July 2020, the entire world was left heartbroken when Disney star Cameron Boyce tragically passed, after suffering from a seizure in his sleep. He was only 20 years old at the time of his death, and his family later revealed that he had a medical condition called epilepsy. They sat down with NBCLA to share some more details on his death, so that they could bring more awareness to SUDEP — Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.
“His cause of death was Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy,” the Descendants alum’s dad explained, with his mom adding that SUDEP is when “people pass away from an epileptic seizure and they’re otherwise healthy. There’s no preexisting condition.”
“We didn’t know anything about SUDEP until the medical examiner who did the autopsy on our son told us what it was,” she continued. “There’s not enough education out there about epilepsy and there’s not enough research. We feel it’s really important and that he would want us to be getting this information out to the public and helping others.”
Libby explained that he only had five seizures in his life, and they thought they had the disease under control.
“Cameron was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 17-years-old. He had a total of five seizures in the time between being 17 and when he passed. He had his first seizure when he had some friends sleeping over. It was early in the morning and they witnessed him [seizing] and they came running into our room and we went in and he was really out of it. We didn’t know what had happened. We called 911 and they came and got him and told us it was a seizure,” she recalled. “He was quickly better after the ER visit. He was fine, but we went to a neurologist to do some more testing. There was nothing on his MRI. There was nothing — no test showed anything.”
In 2013, Lil Wayne was hospitalized after he suffered from a series of seizures. He explained in a later interview, “No warning, no nothing, I don’t feel sick. I get headaches real bad. And the headaches? I didn’t get no headaches or nothing.” He later revealed that he too has epilepsy.