#Karen Carpenter/1950–1983 / age 33 / She suffered from anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder, which was a little-known illness at the time. She died at the age of 32 from heart failure, caused by complications related to her illness which caused her to believe that she needed to lose weight.
Karen Carpenter suffered from anorexia, an eating disorder which was little known at the time. She died in 1993 at age 32 from heart failure caused by complications related to her illness. Carpenter's death led to increased visibility and awareness of eating disorders (Wikipedia)
30 years ago to-day, On February 4, 1983, less than a month before her 33rd birthday, Karen Carpenter suffered heart failure at her parents' home in Downey, California. She was taken to Downey Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead twenty minutes later. The Los Angeles coroner gave the cause of death as "heartbeat irregularities brought on by chemical imbalances associated with anorexia nervosa." What a sad loss.
Karen Carpenter AKA Karen Anne Carpenter Born: 2-Mar-1950 Birthplace: New Haven, CT Died: 4-Feb-1983 Location of death: Downey, CA Cause of death: Anorexia Remains: Buried, Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park, Westlake Village, CA