Industry staple Tonya Payton has fallen sick, bedridden and now her family is asking for help after falling into a coma.
Payton, a well-known publicist in Atlanta, was in a coma for roughly a week after she had suffered cardiac arrest in late August. Doctors diagnosed her with End Stage Renal (kidney) failure in the summer.
Payton first embarked on a career in public relations as the Public Relations Coordinator for a major New York City staffing firm. After venturing out as an independent publicist, she has handled a diverse client list that includes Boxing Great Mike Tyson, Coors Light, jazz great Miles Davis, Easy Mo Bee, MC Hammer and even Jay-Z, early in his career. More recently, Payton has been able to help a bevy of indie acts get a foothold in their careers as she did for some of today’s greats.
Under her helm, S&S Associates continued to grow and prosper with a diverse client, but her own health would suffer through intense diabetes.
Still bedridden, Payton has improved somewhat, her daughter Bianca revealed.
“I would like to thank everyone for their continued prayers, encouragement, and support,” Bianca said. “My mom is making great progress – she is awake and sending everyone her love.”
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