Ed Asner was performing in “FDR” at the Marquette Pavilion in Gary, Indiana, on March 12, when he began having difficulties reading his lines.
The Emmy Award-winning actor was reportedly escorted off of the stage, 15 minutes into the performance, by emergency medical personnel.
Shortly after leaving the stage, he was hospitalized in a Chicago-area hospital for exhaustion.
The 83-year-old actor, who has been touring the country with the show for 3 1/2 years, had led an acting class at another location hours before the show, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
According to an audience member, Asner apologized for his performance before leaving the stage and said he’d return when he could. The Thursday night showing of “FDR” in Ohio was also canceled.
“What I can say is that it was not a stroke,” Asner’s son Matthew told TMZ. “That much we do know.” The actor had been feeling “under the weather” for a few weeks prior, he said.
He added, “He is resting now at an Indiana hospital and is doing well and very grumpy, which with him is always a good thing.”