The Chronicle reports that well-known Bay Area actress, Summer Serafin, died on March 18 at San Francisco General Hospital after suffering a traumatic brain injury, which had put her in a coma for ten days. Serafin, who starred in countless local theatrical productions and appeared in several independent films, fell from her fire escape in the Inner Sunset on March 8.
Serafin was starring in On the Waterfront at San Jose Stage Company at the time and was rehearsing for another play at her house when she stepped outside onto the fire escape for some air. She fell over the low railing, which Serafin's husband, British actor Rowan Brooks, who was with Serafin during the accident, estimates was a 35-foot fall from their third-floor apartment. She was 31.
Serafin was born in Sacramento and was part of ACT's Young Conservatory starting at a young age. She also trained with the Sacramento Ballet and studied voice at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She had lived with Type 1 diabetes since age five and four years ago had undergone a double organ transplant, receiving a new kidney and pancreas. Her career took off shortly afterward.
Brooks and Serafin's theater colleagues are planning a public celebration of her life, which might happen some time in April.