Denise Dowse, an actress with roles on the television series Insecure, Girlfriends, and Beverly Hills, 90210, is in a coma after contracting meningitis, according to her sister Tracey Dowse.
Tracey shared details about Denise’s illness in an Aug. 5 post on Instagram and Facebook. She noted that her posts are usually “positive and uplifting,” but said her family is in need of prayer.
“I am requesting support and prayers be offered me and my sister, and my only immediate family Denise Dowse,” Tracey wrote. “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.”
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Tracey added about her sister, “She is a vibrant actor and director that should have many years ahead of her. Thoughts, prayers and support are greatly appreciated.”
Among those who commented on the Instagram post were Girlfriends and Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, who wrote: “May the universe send all it can muster and then more to heal. Sending prayers and love and more love to this force of a woman who has poured so much love into so many.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, Meningitis is an inflammation of the fluid and membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It’s often caused by a viral infection. Some cases improve without treatment in a few weeks, but others can be life-threatening.
Denise’s condition has not improved Tracey told TMZ on Tuesday.
Born in 1958, Denise has appeared on some of the most popular shows on TV. Her credits include Snowfall, All of Us, Criminal Minds, Stumptown and Grey’s Anatomy. She also had roles in the films Requiem for a Dream (2000), Ray (2004), Coach Carter (2005), and Fatale (2014).
She also directed the 2022 film Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story starring Ledisi, Columbus Short, and Janet Hubert. The movie opened the Pan African Film and Arts Festival in Los Angeles on April 19.