TERRY WALLIS, who awoke from a 19-year coma in 2003 after regenerating brain cells, died in Arkansas.
Many people refer to Wallis as “the man who slept for 19 years.”
Wallis, who was born in Arkansas, was involved in a near-fatal car accident in 1984.
Amber, his daughter, was only six weeks old at the time of the accident.
His truck is said to have swerved off a bridge in Stone County, Arkansas.
He was in a coma for 19 years before waking up in 2003.
During that time, his family provided extensive care for him, according to an obituary. For years, they would bring Wallis home on weekends.
Doctors believe this care helped him and contributed to his “awakening period,” according to the obituary.
The American Journal of Medicine reported in 2006 that he was the first documented person to regenerate brain cells.
Wallis was also featured in a number of news stories and medical publications, including articles in Time and the Mayo Clinic.
According to his obituary, he enjoyed Pepsi and eating “anything at any time.”
When his brother, Perry, was performing, he also enjoyed live music.
Wallis died on March 29 at the Advanced Care Hospital in Searcy, Arkansas, according to his obituary.
He was 57 years old at the time.