Anderson Cooper 'Saddened' by Teen Coma Tragedy

5:39 AM PST 10/03/2011 by THR staff
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"I take this situation seriously, and my thoughts and prayers for his health, well-being and recovery are with him and his family,” he says.

Anderson Cooper is speaking out about a teenager who slipped into a coma after allegedly being told by a producer for his daytime TV show to record his behavior for an episode centered on the "teenage mind."

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"I was very saddened to hear the news of this accident, and want to express my deepest concerns for the teenager who was injured," Cooper says in a statement. "I take this situation seriously, and my thoughts and prayers for his health, well-being and recovery are with him and his family."

The teenage boy was told to "film the crazy stuff you do" ahead of the episode, according to reports. He slipped while skateboarding and hit his head, sending him to the hospital.

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The episode has not been broadcast.

A rep for Anderson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday afternoon that the teenager "had been injured."

"Our producers were working with a teen and his parents on a show about the science of the Teenage Brain, based on a National Geographic story," the rep told THR.

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"As part of our routine process, we ask guests for video footage and photos. We did not provide the family with a camera," the rep continued. "On the morning that they were supposed to travel to NYC, we learned that the teen had been injured. We are very concerned about him, and are thinking of him and his family at this time."

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