Nathaniel Marston, 40, who starred as Eddie on "As The World Turns" and Al and Michael on "One Life to Live," died on Nov. 11 in a Nevada hospital, 12 days after he was involved in a one-car crash. At this time officials attribute the accident to Marston falling asleep at the wheel, over-correcting, smashing his truck into an embankment and flipping over. He was not wearing a seat belt at the tine.
As Marston fought for his life, his mother Elizabeth was constantly at his bedside and asked for prayers from his friends, family and fans via Facebook:
"Dear family and friends, it is with a heavy heart that I share this devastating news. My beloved and cherished son, Nathaniel Marston, who was putting up the good fight until last night was not able to continue due to the traumatic and devastating nature of his injuries. Nathaniel passed away peacefully as I held him in my arms. Father William, myself and his second Mommy Lisa, and our dear friend Charlotte were by his bedside, he was not alone. His injuries, which Dr.'s did their best to heal were not responding to treatment and one after another his bodily functions failed to support his life.
"Had Nathaniel lived he would have required a ventilator and would never have been able to utter one more word and would have been sentenced to life as a quadriplegic. A condition that Nate would have never been able to tolerate. By God's love and mercy Nathaniel was spared this living hell and has traveled on to be with God, his cherished Grandmother Mary Jackson, Grandfather John Jackson and my sister his Aunt Nora ... God is merciful and because of his mercy God ended Nathaniel's pain and suffering at 3:15 today PST in Reno, NV. Nathaniel now lives with Father God, surrounded with peace, love and light.
"Know that I am deeply grateful for all of you for taking this tragic two week journey with me Nathaniel and our family. Your unfailing support, prayers, love and positive thoughts that you have sent our way, in what has been the worst two weeks of my life, have held all of us up giving us the strength to get through each hellish day.
"Arrangements will be made for a memorial service in New York City, NY, Kauai, HI, and Gerlach, NV. As soon as dates for these services are known they will be posted. Again, thank you for your prayers, your love, your kindness and your friendship which has allowed me and my family to be strong enough to be by my son's side for these past 12 days. The outpouring of your love came as an unexpected gift and I don't know how I will repay you for all of your love, prayers and support. Thank you for sharing your love, your experiences with me about my treasured child, a man who grew into an individual who touched more lives than I ever could have known. XOXOXOXOXOOX."
Almost every driver has had an "oh, my gosh, I almost fell asleep at the wheel" moment. As reported by the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, in the United States 250,000 drivers fall asleep at the wheel every day. Visit DrowsyDriving.org for more information.
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