Lawrence emerges from coma

Thesp in 'very critical, but stable' condition

Actor Martin Lawrence, in a coma for the past three days after collapsing while jogging, regained consciousness at Los Robles Regional Medical Center on Wednesday.

His condition late in the day was “very critical, but stable,” said Kris Carraway-Bowman, director of public affairs at the medical center.

Lawrence, 34, has starred in the Fox sitcom “Martin” and pics “Life,” “Nothing to Lose,” and “Bad Boys.” He recently wrapped Sony’s pseudo-cop comedy “Blue Streak.”

Sony Pictures Entertainment declined to comment on Lawrence’s hospitalization, saying only that the release of “Blue Streak” would be unaffected and that the studio wished him well.

It’s too soon to know if Lawrence’s next star turn, the 20th Century Fox/New Regency laffer “Big Momma’s House” — which was slated to go before the cameras Oct. 11 — will be affected. Officials at Fox declined to comment.

Too many layers

The cause of the collapse was due to “extreme heat exhaustion” caused by Lawrence wearing “too many layers of clothing, when it’s hot as hell outside,” according to Carraway-Bowman.

Lawrence had previously been hospitalized for exhaustion and dehydration in May 1996. At the time, police arrested him after a witness reported Lawrence armed with a handgun, disrupting traffic and screaming obscenities in a busy intersection in Sherman Oaks.

His personal physician at the time, Dr. William Young, said that Lawrence had failed to take prescribed mediation and had suffered a seizure.

(Chris Petrikin and the Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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