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Valerie Harper Reportedly in Coma After Falling Ill at Maine Playhouse

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Valerie Harper steps out in New York City for the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE as it launches its Share Your Voice initiative to raise awareness of the number one cancer killer of women, lung cancer, on May 12, 2015 in New York City. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for American Lung Association)

By    |   Friday, 31 Jul 2015 08:57 AM

The health of actress Valerie Harper is in dispute after Entertainment Tonight reported that she was in a coma, while other reports stated she was resting or possibly released from the hospital.

The Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine released a statement Thursday saying that Harper, 75, was taken to a local hospital on Wednesday as a precaution when she told others that she was not feeling well. She was at the theater performing the play "Nice Work If You Can Get It" with another former TV sitcom star, Sally Struthers.

"She is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being," the playhouse statement said Thursday.

Deadline.com then reported that the actress, best known for the charter Rhoda Morgenstern in the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda," was discharged from York Hospital in York, Maine, but did not give out any further information.

That was followed by a third report from Entertainment Tonight giving the actress's condition a more pessimistic outlook.

Entertainment Tonight talked to a "source close to the family" who stated that Harper was actually in a coma and discharged from her original hospital to be taken to a larger medical facility for additional treatment.

"It doesn't look good," said the source.

Harper had overcome lung cancer in 2009, only to be diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2013. She told the syndicated show last year, that she had not been "cured," but remained optimistic.

"In a way, it's a positive thing to know that a year's gone by and it's nowhere else in my body," Harper said at the time. "I am cancer free from the neck down, so far."

At the Ogunquit Playhouse, Harper was portraying Millicent Winter while Struthers, formerly of "All in the Family," is playing Duchess Estonia Dulworth.

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