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'Beverly Hills, 90210' actress Denise Dowse in coma with 'pathogenic meningitis'

Actress Dennis Dowse is fighting for her life after being put into a "coma" by "very toxic meningitis."

Her "private" sister, Tracey Dowse, shared the news on her Instagram over the weekend with her "family and friends"and said, " Beverly Hills, 90210' actress.

Tracy explained that 64-year-old Dennis "currently is in the hospital in a coma due to a highly virulent meningitis," but as to when her sister's health problems began. did not reveal.

Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,swelling is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It also causes meningitis.

Denise Dowse at the 26th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards at Saban Theatre on November 21, 2016
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24} Medical News Todaynotes that coma is extremely unlikely as a result of bacterial or viral meningitis.

"Her doctors don't know when she will recover from her coma," Tracy explained on Instagram, noting that the coma was "not medically induced." I tried not to forget.

She told TMZ on Tuesday that her sister's condition had not improved.

Denise Dowse on an episode of "Grey's Anatomy"
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In a message to her followers, Tracey said her posts are usually "positive and uplifting" and that she does her best to keep the spirits on the same page.

Denise was "a vibrant actor and director who should be years ahead of her," her sister concluded. She "thanks for the thoughts, prayers and support."

Among the many social media users of her who flooded the post with words of encouragement was Tracee Ellis Ross.

Denise Dowse at a Los Angeles event in November 2016
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"May the universe send me all it can gather. '"Black-ish," commented the star.

"Sending prayers and love and more love to the power of this woman who has poured so much love into so many." We did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Page 6.

Denise Dowse in an episode of "House"
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Ten years of Dennis'acting credits long The listincludes "Insecure", "Grey's Anatomy", "X-Files", "Criminal Minds", "Bones", "House", "Monk", "Law & Order", and "Gilmore Girls". , "Charmed", "The Barney Mac Show", "Nip/Tuck", "Mosha", "Sister, Sister", "ER", "Step by Step", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Near Seinfeld," "Full House."

She also voiced characters in Nickelodeon cartoons in both "Rocket Power" and "Rugrats".

According to IMDb, her biopic drama Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story, directed by Dennis, is in post-production.