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Singer Natalie Cole underwent a kidney transplant. She has had hypertension for years. This silent health hazard can cause serious damage to the kidney and may have played a part in her health issue. Please get your blood pressue checked and keep it under control. I am glad Natalie Cole finally did. Toni Braxton BP 160/105 is now on medication to bring it down to normal.
Curly Howard of the Three Stooges had hypertension after gaining a lot of weight. Unfortunately modern drugs for treatment were not available in the early forties for him or President Roosevelt (FDR). Curly Howard had a stroke that ended his nyuk-nyuk (fond reference to the many hours of laughter he gave me) career.
His heart and kidneys could not stand the pressure. Get your blood pressure checked and take your medications.
Unfortunate heroin and cocaine abuse exacerbate hypertension. The death of one of my favorite actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman was senseless along with all of the other premature deaths from narcotic overdoses.
When I hear that a Hollywood actor has died prematurely, I am reminded of the Walter Matthau face at the end of The Taking of Pelam 123. Here is that picture and a link to an interesting article about James Galdolfini’s death.
The cocaine led to spikes in high blood pressure which was probably inherited from other family members. Hypertension is extremely common in African-Americans. That led to heart disease which set her up for drowning in the bathtub in the Beverly Hills Hotel.
I hope that he is OK
……and Iron Man too
This death, Billy Mays, surprised me.
Death from heart disease complicated by the use of cocaine.
Public records reveal the ongoing risk of stroke and heart attack in Hollywood. It is higher than the general public, especially in Oscar nominees and winners. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking all play a part and don’t forget stressssssssss. Movie stars need to take better care of themselves. Look at the toll on your favorite stars over time.
Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54 from natural causes.
FDR with trademark cigarette holder and cigarette. Smoking, malignant hypertension and incredible stress contributed to his massive stroke and subsequent death in 1945.
From the MailOnline news by Daniel Miller
Former British Olympic star Donna Hartley-Wass, 58, died suddenly from heart failure while sunbathing topless in her back garden. She had been suffering from high blood pressure and an irregular heart beat. No foul play was suspected. No lung disease or coronary artery disease was found by the coroner but increased liver iron was found. Did she have hereditary hemochromatosis? This heredity disease found mostly in caucasians can lead to sudden death from heart failure and arrhythmia in postmenopausal women. She was 58. Hemochromatosis is also associated with diabetes which can double the risk of heart disease and heart attack alone.
Celebrities are vulnerable humans susceptible to all the pitfalls of life that we all are. Imagine them without the trainers, hairstylist and trappings of success as Planet Hiltron has. Some of the pictures are not flattering bit I hope you understand why I included them. I don ‘t know if they have hypertension or not. However if you look at them this way, follow up for health maintenance is just as important as it is for us all.
I hope that she can inspire you to get your blood pressure checked.
Goldie Harvey, Nigerian singer, dead at 29 from a cerebral hemorrhage and hypertensive heart disease after the 2013 Grammys.
Enough for now about stars with health issues now or in the past. Let’s focus on stars having a great meal on Thanksgiving with family and friends.