Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton collapses during State of the State address

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton collapsed during his annual State of the State address Monday night in St. Paul, falling in a heap at the podium as legislators gasped and raced to help him.

Video of the speech aired by NBC station KARE of Minneapolis showed Dayton, 69, pausing for several seconds and reaching for a bottle of water. The governor then began slurring his speech before appearing to faint and falling to the floor.

The governor's office said in a statement Monday night that Dayton had simply fainted after having spoken while standing for more than 40 minutes. It said he quickly recovered and walked out of the Capitol under his own power.

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton speaks on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016.

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton walks through the crowd outside the Governor's residence as people gather to protest the fatal shooting of Philando Castile by Minneapolis area police during a traffic stop on Wednesday, in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., July 7, 2016.

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (R) hands a pen to Secretary of State of Minnesota Mark Ritchie (L) after he signs the last of bills to eliminate the state's $5 billion budget deficit and reopen state government and services that have been shut down for three weeks, in St. Paul, July 20, 2011. Dayton's signature came just hours after lawmakers gave their own approval to the deal after meeting in a special session that started Tuesday afternoon and lasted until early Wednesday morning.

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton speaks to media after signing bills to eliminate the state's $5 billion budget deficit and reopen state government and services that have been shut down for three weeks, in St. Paul, July 20, 2011. Dayton's signature came just hours after lawmakers gave their own approval to the deal after meeting in a special session that started Tuesday afternoon and lasted until early Wednesday morning.

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton prepares to sign a stack of bills to eliminate the state's $5 billion budget deficit and reopen state government and services that have been shut down for three weeks, in St. Paul, July 20, 2011. Dayton's signature came just hours after lawmakers gave their own approval to the deal after meeting in a special session that started Tuesday afternoon and lasted until early Wednesday morning.

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Press secretary Katharine Tinucci (R) hands Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (L) a bills to sign that will eliminate the state's $5 billion budget deficit and reopen state government and services that have been shut down for three weeks, in St. Paul, July 20, 2011. Dayton's signature came just hours after lawmakers gave their own approval to the deal after meeting in a special session that started Tuesday afternoon and lasted until early Wednesday morning.

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U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton as he arrives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to attend a campaign rally October 23, 2010. Obama is on a four-day, five-state swing to support Democrats in the upcoming election.

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (C) signs bills to eliminate the state's $5 billion budget deficit and reopen state government and services that have been shut down for three weeks, in St. Paul, July 20, 2011. Dayton's signature came just hours after lawmakers gave their own approval to the deal after meeting in a special session that started Tuesday afternoon and lasted until early Wednesday morning.

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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton speaks at a media briefing on the Philando Castile police shooting on July 8, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dayton spoke about the killing of Philando Castile and of the shootings in Dallas last night.

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Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton, listens to speakers outside the Governor's Mansion following the police shooting death of a black man on July 7, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Philando Castile was shot and killed last night, July 6, 2016, by a police officer in Falcon Heights, MN.

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Mark Dayton, governor of Minnesota, waves while arriving on stage during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Division among Democrats has been overcome through speeches from two presidents, another first lady and a vice-president, who raised the stakes for their candidate by warning that her opponent posed an unprecedented threat to American diplomacy.

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Dayton underwent a routine medical check and was at home Monday night, according to the statement, which said the governor would resume his full schedule on Tuesday.

Eric Dayton, the governor's son, said on Twitter afterward that his father is "doing great."

KARE reported that Dayton also fainted at a campaign event last year. His staff blamed overheating and dehydration.

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