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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Houston music critic in coma after heart attack on rail line

A 36-year-old music critic for the Houston Press is hospitalized at Memorial Hermann after suffering a heart attack Friday morning at a Metro train station.

Journalist Chris Gray was in a medically induced coma, according to a post on his Facebook page.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority reported on Friday morning that service was briefly interrupted after a patron suffered a heart attack about 9:15 a.m. at the Ensemble Theatre platform in the 3500 block of Main Steet.

The patient was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in serious condition, Metro said. Before Houston Fire Department paramedics arrived, a bystander performed CPR, the Houston Press reported. Meanwhile, friends, family and co-workers were unsure of Gray's whereabouts. Early Friday afternoon, messages on social media indicated that Gray's co-workers were trying to find him.

One of his friends read about the Metro happening, and called Memorial Hermann to confirm that Gray was a patient there.

Chronicle music critic Andrew Dansby said Gray has a passion for live music.

"He's committed to live music in Houston in a manner without parallel," Dansby said.

[Bloger's note: If Chris Gray gets out of the hospital with major brain functions intact, the credit goes to the Bystander. If he doesn't, the Bystander still gets kudos for trying - it can't hurt, and it has a 2/3 chance of helping. Way to go, Bystander!]