Tarkanian’s 5-year-old grandson suffers stroke

Danny Tarkanian’s 5-year-old son, Jerry, suffered a stroke and was hospitalized at University Medical Center on Friday.

Tarkanian said his son was alert and had undergone a CT scan to examine his brain.

“He complained that his legs hurt” on Thursday, Tarkanian said, adding that seemed to be the first sign something was wrong.

The family brought him to the hospital early Friday when he appeared to be tired and had other symptoms, he said.

Tarkanian said he’s hopeful that his son will be fine.

“We think he’ll be OK,” Tarkanian said.

He said the stroke was apparently in the back of the brain where it could do less damage.

Amy Tarkanian broke the news on Twitter that her son had suffered a stroke.

“I’m just dying inside,” she tweeted.

Before 6 a.m. she tweeted that her son was getting a CT scan.

“His left side of his body is not moving,” she tweeted. “He is having trouble answering questions.”

The child is the grandson of former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian and is named after his grandfather. The former coach died on Feb. 11.

Young Jerry was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Las Vegas 51s game on Sunday at Cashman Field.

Review-Journal writer Cassandra Taloma contributed to this report.

Contact Laura Myers at or 702-387-2919. Find her on Twitter: @lmyerslvrj.

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