Actually, the weight loss was a contributing factor to the stress put on her heart, but Karen was also taking PRESCRIBED thyroid medication to help boost her metabolism, ipecac to induce vomiting (which can cause hernias, ruptured stomach, acid burns in the throat, and put stress on the heart due to the decrease levels of potassium), 60-80 laxatives (she ate them like candy! - which can cause dehydration, potassium levels to drop, and colitis), and water pills (which can cause a HUGE potassium drop and cause heart failure because potassium is one of the main things you need to keep your heart beating). On top of everything, she had moved back in with her parents after "finishing" her therapy sessions in New York (bad move!), and was battling depression over the failure of her marriage - but that morning her divorce was supposed to be finalized, so she was probably looking toward a happier future. Then again, she was approximately 89 lbs when she died, so ALL of the things she was taking to keep her weight down (when she was barely eating) all contributed to her death. And sadly, I think Karen was just tired and worn down and her poor body just gave up.
she was approximately 89 lbs when she died
The coroner's report said she weighed 108 lbs.
ALL of the things she was taking to keep her weight down (when she was barely eating) all contributed to her death.
She was not taking anything when she died, according to her therapist. Her parents said she was eating like a horse in the days leading up to her death.