I Spy Actor Robert Culp Dies of Head Injury After Fall

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Robert Culp, the 79-year-old actor best known as Kelly Robinson in the 1960’s TV Show I Spy co-starring Bill Cosby, has died after falling outside his Hollywood home on Wednesday morning.

Mr. Culp was found by a jogger who called 911. Paramedics rushed the actor to Queen of Angels Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. An autopsy is pending, but sources postulate either heart attack or possibly traumatic brain injury due to the fall. Foul play is not suspected, according to police Lt. Bob Binder.

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The top three causes of traumatic brain injury are vehicle crashes, firearms, and falls. According to the CDC, approximately 1.5 million people in the US suffer a TBI each year and 50,000 die.

The most common type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is concussion. It occurs after a blow to the head and results in a temporary loss of consciousness. A moderate or severe closed head injury, meaning the head struck and object but the skull did not break, can result in life-threatening because the brain can swell or have bleeding on the surface. If not treated, irreversible brain damage or death can occur.

It is extremely important for someone suffering a head injury to be treated quickly and monitored closely. Symptoms of brain trauma include swelling at the site of injury, change in consciousness, confusion, severe headache, convulsions, stiff neck, vomiting, low breathing rate, drowsiness, fluid draining from nose, mouth or eyes, and the inability to move one or more limbs.

In addition to I Spy, Mr. Culp also appeared on televisions Everybody Loves Raymond, and in movies such as The Raiders, Sunday in New York, and Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice.

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