Soap Star Nathaniel Marston 'Likely' To Live As A Quadriplegic After Crash (UPDATE)

"The relatively positive prognosis which followed his previous surgery has dimmed."

UPDATE:  Actor Nathaniel Marston died in a Reno hospital on Wednesday. He was 40 years old. 

PREVIOUSLY: Soap opera star Nathaniel Marston will "most likely live out his life as a quadriplegic," according to a press release from his family. 

The 40-year-old actor, who is best known roles on "One Life to Live" and "As the World Turns," was involved in a single-car crash in Reno on Oct. 30 that left him on life support in intensive care.  

Marston underwent surgery on Nov. 4 and while doctors "were initially positive about the outcome," his mother Elizabeth Jackson said in the press release that the surgery was not without its complications. 

"In early morning hours of November 5 his heart stopped on two separate occasions requiring doctors to use an external pacemaker to regulate his heartbeat. He remains in critical condition, fighting pneumonia, a heart infection and irregular pulse," Jackson said. "The relatively positive prognosis which followed his previous surgery has dimmed."

According to CNN, authorities believe the actor fell asleep while driving and flipped his pickup truck several times before he was thrown from the vehicle through the windshield. The actor, who was last seen in 2011's "Walk a Mile in My Pradas," is said to have crushed several vertebra in his neck and back on impact. 

"It is now believed that the hope of recovering upper body function was premature," Jackson added. 

His mother previously wrote in a Facebook post that police said Marston was sober at the time of the crash, adding that he suffered multiple breaks and fractures to his neck, shoulder and ribs.

 A GoFundMe page has since been created with all funds being "used to pay monthly bills as well as any unexpected expenses as they occur." As of Wednesday, the campaign raised more than $7,000.


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