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Entries in Coma (8)

Sunday
Apr222012

Bee Gee Robin Gibb Wakes Up From Coma

Frank Hoensch/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Bee Gee Robin Gibb has woken up from a coma and is showing signs of recovery, according to his doctors.

“Robin is fully conscious, lucid and able to speak to his loved ones. He is breathing on his own, with an oxygen mask.  He is on intravenous feeding and antibiotics.  He is of course, exhausted, extremely weak and malnourished,” the statement said.

The singer contracted severe pneumonia last week and fell into a coma.

Doctors said Gibb’s wife, Dwina, and his sons Robin-John and Spencer and daughter Melissa have been keeping vigil at the pop icon’s bedside, “talking to him and playing his favorite music to him.  They have been tireless in their determination never to give up on him.”

“The road ahead for Robin remains uncertain but it is a privilege to look after such an extraordinary human being,” the statement said.

Gibb’s health declined in 2010 when he had emergency surgery to treat a blocked bowel. Further surgery to treat a twisted bowel was also required.

Following the surgery, Gibb was diagnosed with colon cancer, which spread to his liver. Last month he announced that he was in remission from the disease.

The British singer, who was raised in Australia, rose to pop fame as one third of the Bee Gees with his brothers Maurice and Barry.

The trio enjoyed a number of hits during their 45-year career, including “To Love Somebody,” “Night Fever” and “Stayin’ Alive.”

Gibb’s twin brother and band mate, Maurice, died nine years ago at the age of 53 of complications from surgery to fix his twisted intestine.

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Sunday
Apr152012

Robin Gibb Reportedly Near Death

Frank Hoensch/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The family of former Bee Gee Robin Gibb is keeping vigil at the pop icon’s bedside after he fell into a coma, according to reports.

The singer recently contracted pneumonia, landing him in a private hospital in London.

Gibb’s health declined in 2010 when he had emergency surgery to treat a blocked bowel. Further surgery to treat a twisted bowel was also required.

Gibb’s twin brother and band mate, Maurice, died nine years ago at the age of 53 years old from the condition.

Following the surgery, Robin Gibb was diagnosed with colon cancer, which spread to his liver. Last month he announced that he was in remission from the disease.

The British singer, who was raised in Australia, rose to pop fame as one third of the Bee Gees with his brothers Maurice and Barry.

The trio enjoyed a number of hits during their 45-year career, including “To Love Somebody,” “Night Fever” and “Stayin’ Alive.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr042012

Crazy Town Singer Reportedly Out of Coma, Still Hospitalized

Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- For Seth Brooks Binzer, better known as Shifty Shellshock to his Crazy Town and Celebrity Rehab fans, drug addiction has been a lifelong struggle.

Binzer, 37, had been in a coma at a Los Angeles hospital since Thursday afternoon, according to TMZ.com. TMZ reported Wednesday that Binzer is now responsive and speaking but still in an intensive care unit. While it’s not clear what caused the coma, his February arrest for cocaine possession suggests that drugs had something to do with it.

The “Butterfly” singer was a cast member of the first season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which aired on VH1 in 2008. In an interview before the series’ premiere, he told ABC News that he signed on to the show because he’d struggled with cocaine and alcohol addiction for 15 years, and traditional rehab hadn’t helped. “From being in AA, after I was sober for a while, I’d wonder, ‘Was I really that bad?’” he said.

He added, “I’m really happy in sobriety right now. I’m doing everything I can in my power to make it stick. It’s more about daily maintenance. I feel better than I ever have.”

He relapsed multiple times. Those struggles were chronicled by subsequent seasons of Celebrity Rehab and its spinoff, Sober House. In November, Binzer appeared on VH1′s Celebrity Rehab Revisited, 76 days sober. Drug counselor Bob Forrest said of his progress, “I don’t think he’s ever been doing this well, this centered.”

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Monday
Mar192012

Gallagher Awakes from Coma Following Heart Attack

Fotos International/Getty Images(LEWISVILLE, Texas) -- The watermelon-smashing comedian Gallagher, who suffered a heart attack last week before a scheduled performance in Texas, has been awoken from a medically-induced coma.

According to TMZ.com, his promotional manager says Gallagher is breathing on his own and was speaking with his family and joking around after he was taken out of the coma on Sunday.

Gallagher, who's 65, had two stents replaced after suffering a heart attack prior to a performance at a Lewisville, Texas, bar. He suffered a minor heart attack last year during a performance in Rochester, Minn.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
May272011

Jeff Conaway’s Family Decides to Disconnect Life Support

Michael Bezjian/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- It seems Jeff Conaway’s many years of substance abuse have gotten the best of him.

After remaining in a coma at a hospital in California since being found unconscious on May 11, members of the actor's family have decided to discontinue life support.  A source close to the situation tells RadarOnline that the decision was made after "Doctors advised the family that Jeff has had no brain function since he was brought into the hospital."

The 60-year-old former Taxi star, who also played Kenickie in the 1978 hit film version of Grease, was initially admitted for what was said to be a drug overdose.  However, Dr. Dew Pinsky tweeted earlier this week that Conaway was placed in a medically-induced coma in order to recover from pneumonia and sepsis, which is a bacterial infection of the blood.

Conaway reportedly has already had his feeding tube removed, and was expected to have his respirator disconnected Thursday evening.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Sunday
May222011

Actor Jeff Conway Hospitalized, in Critical Condition

AbleStock[dot]com/Hemera Technologies(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Jeff Conaway is in critical condition at a Los Angeles hospital.

His manager, Phil Brock, said Thursday the 60-year-old actor was found unconscious on May 11, with initial reports citing a drug overdose - possibly from painkillers - as the cause of the hospitalization.

Celebrity Rehab's Dr. Drew Pinksy came to Conaway's defense Friday, tweeting, "Just visited Jeff Conaway. He is stable & looks like he will recover from his pneumonia.Not an OD like press is alleging & certainly not dead"

Dr. Pinsky also clarified the initial reports that Conaway was in a coma, tweeting that the actor is in an induced coma on a Propafol drip.

"Pneumonia with sepsis. No evidence of intentional OD."

In 2008 Conway appeared on VH1's Celebrity Rehab series, where he admitted his addiction to cocaine, alcohol and painkillers and talked about his sexual abuse as a child and his co-dependent relationship with his addict girlfriend Vikki.

During his second season on the show, Conaway left rehab before graduation and was seen taking painkillers after he arrived home.

Conaway began acting on Broadway at age 2, but it was his role as Danny's sidekick Kenickie in Grease that earned him fame.

He went on to star as out-of-work actor Bobby Wheeler in Taxi.

After a number of television and film appearances, he landed another series playing Sgt. Zack Allan on Babylon 5.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
May192011

Jeff Conaway Hospitalized, Unconscious After Apparent Drug Overdose

Michael Bezjian/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Jeff Conaway, who's best known for his roles as Kenickie in the film Grease and Bobby Wheeler in the sitcom Taxi, is in critical condition following an apparent drug overdose on Wednesday, reports the Los Angeles Times.  According to his family members, the 60-year-old actor has been hospitalized at Encino Hospital Medical Center in California with pneumonia and remains unconscious.  There is no word on what Conaway may have taken, nor his prognosis.

Conaway, who's been known in recent years more for his public battles with drug and alcohol addiction, appeared in the first two seasons of VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky to help get his addiction to cocaine, painkillers and alcohol under control.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
May192011

Zsa Zsa Gabor Undergoes Surgery, Slips into Coma

Ron Galella/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Zsa Zsa Gabor was back in the hospital Tuesday after suffering an infection in her stomach, according to TMZ.com.

Her husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, told the website that the 94-year-old actress slipped into a coma early Wednesday after undergoing surgery for an infection caused by a feeding tube.

Speaking with CNN, Gabor's spokesman said the tube, which was inserted into her stomach, was "bleeding...like a fountain."  The spokesman said Gabor could remain in the Los Angeles hospital for the next few days.

Gabor has made several trips to the hospital since breaking her hip last July.  She had most of her right leg amputated in January because of an infection.

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