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
Post by:
Filed under: Crime • Texas • U.S.
soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. cheryl

    It's called "committing suicide" plain and simple! Jeffs knows he will never be able to go back to the lifestyle he once lived, therefore he would rather be dead.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremiah

      I missed the Bible passage where that is condoned. Someone help me out. Might be right next to the one about marrying multiple 12-14 year old girls, but I supposed I missed that one as well.

      August 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dum@$$

    He needs to eat weiner

    August 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. horax

    He is NOT mainstream Mormon, or LDS. He is a spinoff fundamentalist. How long will it take people to realize that this is not the Salt Lake City based LDS church we're talking about?

    August 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shimmy The Clown

      And the Taliban is not mainstream Islam, Westboro Baptist Church is not mainstream Christianity, etc. All religions are prone to radical interpretation of doctrine.

      August 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pongo

      We know, we just like to poke fun at our LDS friends. Maybe others are ignorant enough to think that the two are the same, but most of us know, we just have fun with it.

      August 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      I suggest cleaning up on your Morman history. Joseph Smith said polygamy was ordained by god and fundamental to the church's doctrinal teachings. His successor, Brigham Young also taught polygamy and went as far as trying to secede from the Union as the Federal Government passed anti-polygamy laws. It was only when the Union Armies showed up in Utah when the Mormon church stopped ordaining polygamy, but many continued to practice polygamy in secret. These people are the breakaway church that Jeffs represetns. They also represent the Lafferty brotehrs, who famously killed one of their sisters-in-law and 14 month old baby for trying to protect young women from polygamist leaders. All in, polygamy is still at the root of the Mormon church, they merely do it in hiding. That being said, we know that many towns in rural Colorado and Utah are sustained by polygamy. The men simply lawfully marry one woman and have as many kids as possible. Then they spiritually marry dozens of other women, and have as many children as possible with them too. Then they claim welfare as single mothers. This federal money then goes into a kitty which supports the town. Since Mormans are against the federald goverment, they don't mind stealing tax money from you and me. Leaders of the church drive fancy cars and have private plane – all on your tax dollars.

      August 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone You Don't Know

      Actually, one could make the argument that the current LDS church beliefs are a spinoff from Joseph Smith's original fundamental prophecies. He started circulating the idea of polygamy/celestial wives just before he was killed. Only his inner circle really new about it. When he died, the polygamy and non-polygamy camps were vying for control of the church. Brigham Young, who was in the polygamy camp, won control of the LDS church. The LDS church basically went to war with the US government to preserve polygamy, but eventually gave it up to prevent being exterminated. Polygamy was one of the most fundamental beliefs of LDS, hence these FLDS sects that still try to practice it. Ultimately, it is one of the original tenants of the church. It is now one of those ugly memories in the LDS church, along with all of the bloodshed and violence they caused.

      August 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      Someone You Don't Know

      You've read Under the Banner of Heavy too, right?

      August 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lin

      No, @Luke, polygamy is NOT 'done in hiding.' A member of the LDS church who practiced polygamy today would no longer BE a member of the LDS church. And @SomeoneYouDontKnow, you seem utterly ignorant of the fact that another one of Joseph Smith's basic tenets was that we believe in "obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." That's why polygamy was stopped when anti-polygamy laws were passed and upheld in the courts.

      August 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke


      False. Utterly false. Joseph Smith and his successors secretly practiced polygamy while telling their flocks they didn't. We know this because some of the spiritual wives bravely published autobiographies. We also know this because of current day horrors such as the Lafferty murders and kidnappings such as Elzabeth Smart. This breakaway group flourishes still today. The Saints only publically said they would stop polygamy due to mounting political and moral pressure coming from the States in the 1880s. In secret, there are still many breakaway churches that spiritually marry young girls to old men and then commit welfare fraud to sustain their churchs and towns. This is a fact and you do not get to argue it. If you don't believe me, drive into one of the towns. I believe Colorado City is a fine example. We also have sects in Canada and Mexico that were set up to avoid pressure from the US. Jeffs is just one of many of this guys.

      August 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. xnysmokie

    other medical condition= AIDS lol

    August 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. D

    Let him die.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuzanneC

      I almost agree with you, except I'd prefer he suffer. I say bring him back to stable and prevent him from killing himself. I want him to rot to death.

      August 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP0

      Better he should rot in jail than take the easy way out. Too bad we won't be able to get his reaction to his "life after death".

      August 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. D

    Good stuff...might end up saving the people a few bucks on their taxes

    August 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cope

    I don't want him to die. I want him to sit in that prison everyday and be miserable. he made others miserable, why should he get off so easy?

    August 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin

    Why does a serial rapist make the news when he gets the sniffles?

    August 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. USmellLikePee

    Is there a speed limit on fasting?

    August 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alex

    That guy needs shanked with a shive in the prison shower. Fundemtalist Mormons are weirdos, just like the other cult members.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. maj

    force feed him Happy Meals – that'll teach 'em

    August 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Talibanana

      HAHA! He'll explode!

      August 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jason

    They need to let the rubbish die.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Why?

    Put him in general population – problem solved.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sara

    Are his pretend wives not bringing him any pretend food?

    August 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. romw2894

    We're over with him. He is where he belongs. Let's not humor him any longer and worry about his health or eating patterns.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8