Biography of an Artist NO 19....Karen Carpenter.

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Biography of an Artist NO 19....Karen Carpenter.

Postby rockerbob » Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:17 pm

On February 4, 1983, when Carpenter was only 32, she experienced heart failure at her parents' home in Downey and was taken to Downey Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead twenty minutes later. Carpenter was planning to sign her divorce papers on the day she died.

The autopsy stated that Carpenter's death was the result of emetine cardiotoxicity due to anorexia nervosa. Under the anatomical summary, the first item was heart failure, with anorexia as second. The third finding was cachexia, which is extremely low weight and weakness and general body decline associated with chronic disease. Emetine cardiotoxicity implies that Carpenter abused ipecac syrup, an easily obtained emetic medicine that is intended for people to take who have accidentally swallowed a poisonous substance. However, there is no definite evidence to prove that Carpenter did abuse ipecac.

Her funeral service took place on February 8, 1983, at the Downey United Methodist Church in Downey. Carpenter, dressed in a rose colored suit, lay in an open white casket. Over a thousand mourners passed through to say goodbye, among them her friends Dorothy Hamill, Olivia Newton-John, Petula Clark, Cristina Ferrare, and Dionne Warwick. Carpenter's estranged husband Tom appeared at her funeral, and he took off his wedding band and threw it into the casket (according to the Ray Coleman Book The Carpenters: the Untold Story).

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Postby Pierre » Sat Sep 29, 2007 2:31 pm

That's gotta be the best one so far Bob!

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Postby marie » Sat Sep 29, 2007 6:22 pm

very sad that we lost her so young Bob I think Karen had such an amazing voice.
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