Source: Polygamist leader Jeffs in coma in Texas hospital
A jury earlier this month sentenced polygamist leader Warren Jeffs to life in prison for sexual assault.
August 29th, 2011
07:50 PM ET

Source: Polygamist leader Jeffs in coma in Texas hospital

[Updated, 7:50 p.m. ET] A source familiar with the medical condition of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs' medical condition told CNN Monday that Jeffs was in a coma. The source did not provide further details.

The source's information came after Texas prison officials said Jeffs was in critical condition at a hospital following a fast.

[Initial post, 1:07 p.m. ET] Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs was in critical condition in a Texas hospital Monday after falling ill during a fast, state prison officials said.

The leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a breakaway Mormon sect, was sentenced to life plus 20 years in early August after being convicted of sexually assaulting two girls he claimed were his "spiritual wives."

Jason Clark, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said Jeffs was sent to a hospital in Tyler on Sunday night and was in critical but stable condition Monday.

"He was not eating or drinking enough fluids and also has some other medical conditions," Clark said without elaborating, citing inmate privacy rules.

Jeffs told prison officials he was not on a hunger strike but that he had been "fasting," Clark said.

Read CNN's full coverage of Warren Jeffs' hospitalization in Texas
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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. drap

    Would the other medical conditions possibly be brought on by a can of "wupp @ss"... .?

    August 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    Good on him, now just die and save the taxpayers a lot of money.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jake

    Let him die!

    August 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Imglad

    Hope he feels better not so soon.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rennie

    You'll be miissed

    August 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. matt

    yeah right. someone got ahold of his child rapist ass.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. quantum

    Off to meet yer maker, ped.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jack

    im not usually one to immediately opt for extreme measures. however, i have followed this terrible monster's acts from well before his flight and capture and subsequent imprisonment and i am fully in favor of letting him waste away, since that is his choice. he is not being denied food or water or medical treatment; this is yet another gambit of his and i for one see no evil in letting himself reap his own willful destruction.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Just a Minute

    Cornhole injury?

    August 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Timme62

    Problem is that if he dies, it will just elevate his status with his dingbat followers. Plus there will be someone else to take his place.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Louis

      Then we catch and convict the next Sickoo in the name of religion.. there are suckers born everyday that believe this stuff..

      August 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fred54

    These narcissists are cowards to the end. Claims he's a man of god yet he commits a terrible crime and rather than
    man up and accept responsibility he tries to commit a cardinal sin by trying to commit suicide to escape responsibility.
    Some "man of god"...

    August 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Maryann C

    How can one have any feeling for this man who damaged so many people. He is a mentally sick man.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. COlady

    How much you want it's thanks to a suicide attempt?

    August 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      He's too vain and self-absorbed to try suicide.

      August 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Louis

    I hope he dies a slow and painfull death for what he did to those kids...

    August 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    Feed this "Man of God" to the Prison Shower and show him how it feels to be a "Spiritual Wife" for a 7'0 350 pound inmate

    August 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
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