BURBANK — Ray Combs, who hosts the popular syndicated TV game show "The New Family Feud," was hospitalized in serious to critical condition Tuesday, partially paralyzed by injuries suffered in a freeway crash, according to his agent.
Combs, 38, who has hosted the show for six years, was injured Monday, said his agent, Irv Schwartz.
Combs, who is under treatment at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, regained some feeling in his arms Tuesday but still had no feeling or movement in his legs, Schwartz said. Doctors believe that a spinal disk injury suffered in the collision may be causing temporary paralysis, Schwartz said.
"He has some swelling in a disk, I don't know which one, and that is causing some problems in his back and with his movement," Schwartz said. "Doctors are telling me that the paralysis may correct itself or they will be able to correct it with surgery."
Combs was driving west on the Ventura Freeway near the Burbank-Glendale border just after 1 p.m. Monday when he was involved in a "minor" collision with another vehicle, said California Highway Patrol Officer Cal Jackman.
An off-duty Los Angeles police officer stopped when he saw the accident scene and administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to Combs, who Jackman reported had experienced some sort of seizure.
Hospital officials would not provide information about Combs' injuries.
Schwartz said Combs told him that a speeding vehicle swerved from the fast lane and collided with Combs' car, which was then rear-ended by another car. The crash caused Combs to lose consciousness momentarily, which prompted the Los Angeles police officer to try to revive him, Schwartz said.
On Tuesday, Combs' wife, Debbie, flew from the couple's Cincinnati home to be with him, Schwartz said. Combs and his wife have six children, and the comedian divides his time between homes in Glendale and Cincinnati, where he owns a comedy club and has other business interests, Schwartz said.