Smith nearly comatose for 8 hours

Sunday, July 13th, 2003 - 12:16 pm PDT

Friends and relatives were alarmed last night when Rev. Smith slipped into what they described as an “almost comatose” state for just under 8 hours, from midnight to 8am. “He was just lying there,” said his concerned mother, “his eyes were shut, his breathing slow, and he had a little stream of drool at the corner of his mouth.” Doctors believe Smith will likely suffer no permanent brain damage, but are at a loss as to explain the cause. Before the event, Smith reported feeling “sleepy”, but otherwise appeared to be in perfect health.