“Insecure” and “Beverly Hills, 90210″ actor Denise Dowse has slipped into a coma after contracting a “virulent form of meningitis,” her sister said Friday.
TMZ confirmed that Dowse, 64, was still in a coma as of Tuesday afternoon. Representatives for the performer did not immediately respond Tuesday to The Times’ request for comment.
“I am requesting support and prayers be offered me and my sister @denisedowse,” Dowse’s sister, Tracey Dowse, wrote last week on Instagram.
“She is currently in the hospital in a coma … Her doctors do not know when she will come out of the coma as it was not medically induced. She is a vibrant actor and director that should have many years ahead of her. Thoughts, prayers and support are greatly appreciated.”
Dowse is known for playing Mrs. Yvonne Teasley, the vice principal of West Beverly Hills High School on the long-running teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210.” More recently, she portrayed Molly’s (Yvonne Orji) therapist, Dr. Rhonda Pine, in three seasons of Issa Rae’s acclaimed HBO comedy “Insecure.”
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SOURCE: LA Times, Christi Carras