Update (1500ET): In his first communication since this afternoon's incident, Dr. Paul has tweeted a message claiming he is "doing fine", along with a photo of him in a hospital gown and bed.
Message from Ron Paul: "I am doing fine. Thank you for your concern." pic.twitter.com/aALmLn8xIj— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) September 25, 2020
His son Rand Paul, a sitting Senator, also thanked Paul's admirers for their prayers.
Thank God, Dad is doing well. Thank you for all your prayers today. https://t.co/xNXUa6Pnq4— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 25, 2020
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Update (1420ET): Fox News just reported that Dr. Paul has been hospitalized for "precautionary reasons", after he appeared to have a medical episode - some viewers speculated about a possible stroke - during a live discussion on his "Liberty Report" show. The former Congressman was discussing federal stimulus. Fox News said his son didn't comment.
If nothing else, it appears to suggest that speculation about Paul's death was a false rumor.
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It appears that former Texas Congressman and longtime Libertarian icon Dr. Ron Paul, 85, just had a stroke - or some other type of serious medical issue - during a live stream of his "Liberty Report" web series, which garners hundreds of thousands of viewers with every episode.
A flood of tweets wishing Paul well followed the emergence of the footage above on social media.
Please pray for Ron Paul. It appears a medical issue may have just happened during his show.— We Are Libertarians (@werlibertarians) September 25, 2020
Pray for Dr. Ron Paul. Looks like he had a stroke or some sort of medical episode live on stream.— Anthony Brian Logan (ABL) 🇺🇸 (@ANTHONYBLOGAN) September 25, 2020
Thoughts and prayers today with the greatest champion of Liberty in a generation, @RonPaul, and his family.— Eric Brakey (@SenatorBrakey) September 25, 2020
Ron Paul is a living legend.— Daniel Bostic (@debostic) September 25, 2020
He just had some type of medical situation live on air - seems like a stroke?
Prayers up for Ron Paul 🙏— Quoth the Raven (@QTRResearch) September 25, 2020
That Ron Paul video is hard to watch. I hope he's okay.— Ivan the K™ (@IvanTheK) September 25, 2020
Say a prayer for Ron Paul. He’s truly one of the best humans in politics.— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) September 25, 2020
pray for Ron Paul— Jessica O’Donnell (@heckyessica) September 25, 2020
It appears Ron Paul may have just suffered a stroke. Pray for him and his family.— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 25, 2020
We have yet to receive any kind of confirmation about the Congressman's status from the Paul camp. Notably, his son, Rand Paul, is currently serving as the junior Senator from Kentucky.
After the popularity of his 2008 presidential bid, Paul announced in July 2011 that he would forgo seeking another term in Congress to focus on his 2012 bid for the presidency. After performing strongly once again, Paul refused to endorse the Republican nominations of John McCain and Mitt Romney during their respective 2008 and 2012 campaigns, and on May 14, 2012, Paul announced that he would not be competing in any other presidential primaries but that he would still compete for delegates in states where the primary elections had already been held.
Paul's fervid supporters helped him achieve the second highest tallies for delegates during both the 2008 and 2012 Republican National Conventions, behind only McCain and Romney respectively. In January 2013, Paul retired from Congress, though he continued to speak at colleges and work on his "Liberty Report" program.
Dr. Paul, or perhaps one of his staffers, sent a series of tweets teasing Friday's Liberty Report episode just 3 hours ago.
The Fed will reach the point where the stimulus no longer stimulates, and their monetary schemes will ultimately come to an end.— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) September 25, 2020
The Ron Paul Liberty Report is LIVE at 12pm ET:https://t.co/ZpE9V7y7nX