Denise Dowse, an actress, is fighting for her life.
Her sister posted on social media on August 7 that the 64-year-old is battling a severe strain of meningitis while being treated at a hospital in a coma.
“I am requesting support and prayers be offered me and my sister, and my only immediate family Denise Dowse,” Tracey Dowse shared to her sister’s Instagram and Facebook page. “She is currently in the hospital in a coma brought on by a virulent form of meningitis. Her doctors do not know when she will come out of the coma as it was not medically induced.”
She added, “She is a vibrant actor and director that should have many years ahead of her. Thoughts, prayers and support are greatly appreciated.”
The meningitis that affects the fluid and membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, according to the Mayo Clinic, is called meningitis. Meningitis can also be brought on by bacterial, parasitic, or fungal infections, but viral infections account for the majority of cases in the United States.
After learning of her hospitalization, friends and relatives hurried to wish the Hawaii native well, including Ian Ziering, who co-starred with Denise in 90210. The Sharknado actor, 58, wrote: “Sending prayers and hopes for brighter days ahead.”
Denise played Dr. Rhonda Pine on HBO’s Insecure from 2016 to 2021. She has had a number of supporting appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, The Resident, Good Trouble, The X-Files, and other shows. The hit 1990s teen drama ran for 10 seasons from 1991 to 2000.
The former star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer has also starred alongside Jamie Foxx in Ray, Pleasantville, Dr. Dolittle 2, Requiem for a Dream, and Dr. Dolittle 2.