A representative for actor Larry Miller has confessed he played down the actor's freak head accident last year (12), admitting at one point his client was "hovering between life and death".

The Nutty Professor star was hospitalised last April (12), after falling and knocking his head on a sidewalk. He was treated in an intensive care unit for major skull trauma, but the 59 year old's injuries were far more serious than anyone realised - he had to be placed on life support for a month after he slipped into a coma.

His spokesman, Michael Hansen, tells People.com, "He was hovering between life and death. It's a miracle he woke up... He's lucky to be alive."

Miller is still recovering and working to regain basic brain function, but he knows the outcome could have been much worse, stating, "I'm very thankful to have recovered from a traumatic brain injury so quickly."