What we know so far is that in order to minimize the damage to his organs, doctors have administered a paralytic and have lowered his body temperature. Today, his medical team is going to begin warming him up and trying to bring him out of a medically induced coma. Once his temperature is back up, they will be able to better assess any neurological damage. Doctors suspect that the reason for the heart event was a valve issue that likely has been going on for months unnoticed.
Compton is originally from North Carolina. His family will be in today and he is surrounded by close Nashville friends.
This is a tough time for Nashville's theatrical community. Compton is a leading performer and director and teacher, and in the past recent years has been producing stellar artistic work, including an amazing star turn in Tennessee Rep's recent production of Cabaret. Friends say to keep him in your prayers.
UPDATE, 4 p.m. Nov. 1: Per close friends (including his ex-wife, actress/director Martha Wilkinson), David Compton opened his eyes today and is responding to stimuli and voices. These are positive signs in a situation that still has many unanswered questions. Friends say the theater community's outpouring of support has been overwhelming, and the prayer vigil continues with no letup.
UPDATE, 7 p.m., Nov. 1: Tonight's performance of The Producers at Boiler Room Theatre has been designated as a benefit for Compton. "I have faith he is going to recover," BRT's managing director Corbin Green said, "but what a financial burden he will have even if he has good insurance. I have talked with the cast and crew and everyone is down with it. All proceeds will benefit David. Come out and join with us in support of one of Nashville's most beloved artists. As individuals we can only do so much. As a group we can do anything."
In addition, a CaringBridge page has been established for Compton.