Martin Lawrence Update

01/14/1999 at 12:00 AM EST

Actor Martin Lawrence was alert and gaining strength Thursday after collapsing from heat stroke late last week and slipping into a coma. Kris Carraway, a spokeswoman for Los Robles (Calif.) Regional Medical Center, told the Associated Press that the 34-year-old comedian's rate of recovery was "very encouraging" and that he would not need kidney dialysis as had been feared earlier. Lawrence, in a bid to lose weight for an upcoming role, was jogging in heavy clothes Sunday in 85-degree temperatures (original reports had said the mercury hit 107) when he collapsed and slipped into a coma. Doctors said Lawrence was near death when he was brought to the hospital.

  • The comic-actor was scheduled to appear on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Sept. 7 to promote his new movie "Blue Streak" (opening Sept. 17), but doctors do not expect he'll be able to make the appearance.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters