AceShowbiz - Denise Dowse is fighting for her life. The actress portraying Dr. Rhonda Pine on "Insecure" remains hospitalized in a coma after contracting meningitis, according to her sister Tracey Dowse.
Two days earlier, Tracey posted on Denise's Instagram account a statement requesting support and prayers. "Hello Family and Friends, as many of you have seen, my posts have been positive and up lifting [sic]. I am trying to keep my spirits up and support those who need it. As many of you know I am a private person. So this is hard for me," she began.
"I am requesting support and prayers be offered me and my sister, and my only immediate family @denisedowse," Tracey continued. "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."
Tracey added of her 64-year-old sister, "She is a vibrant actor and director that should have many years ahead of her." She then concluded the post as writing, "Thoughts, prayers and support are greatly appreciated."
The post has since been flooded with speedy recovery wishes. "BH90210" alum Ian Ziering wrote, "Sending prayers and hopes for better days ahead." Meanwhile, former NBA player Stephen Howard commented, "Sending love, prayer and hugs to one of my favorites."
Tracee Ellis Ross also left words of encouragement as writing, "May the universe send all it can muster and then more to heal." The "Black-ish" star added, "Sending prayers and love and more love to this force of a woman who has poured so much love into so many."
Meningitis is the inflammation of the protective membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the swelling is typically caused by a bacterial or viral infection of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, though injuries, cancer, drugs and other types of infections can also cause meningitis.