"I'm Doing Fine" - Ron Paul Tweets From Hospital After Suffering Apparent Stroke During Live Stream

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.

His son Rand Paul, a sitting Senator, also thanked Paul's admirers for their prayers.

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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.

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.