Tragic Loss: Autopsy Links Mandisa’s Death To Class 3 Obesity Complications

by Grace Somes
Mandisa || Image credit: @mandisaofficial

Mandisa, an American Idol contestant, and Grammy Award-winning singer passed away in April, and her cause of death has been made public.

When American Idol alumna and Grammy Award winner Mandisa was discovered dead in her home in mid-April, fans were taken aback. There are now some explanations available for the 47-year-old’s circumstances.

The actress “was last known alive approximately three weeks” prior, when friends discovered her dead in her home on April 18, according to an autopsy report that PEOPLE was able to obtain. It stated that she passed away naturally.

Mandisa died of complications of class III obesity at age 47.

Yes, morbid obesity and class 3 obesity are the same thing. But it’s crucial to note that the terms “morbid obesity” and “morbidly obese” are no longer acceptable because they may cause offense and harm to those who actually have the condition.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, a person who “has a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 or higher and is experiencing obesity-related health conditions” is considered to have class III obesity.

Class 3 obesity does not always mean death. Still, it does increase a person’s risk of developing some severe health complications.

According to Medline Plus, having obesity in any form, including class 3 obesity, increases your risk of contracting the following diseases ( including but not limited to) diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks, stroke, and heart failure.

Among American women of all demographic backgrounds, African American women have the highest rate of obesity and overweight. The Office of Minority Health estimates that four out of five African American women are overweight or obese.

The cause of Mandisa’s sudden death was declared natural, as there was no physical trauma to her body. The singer’s standard toxicology report indicated there were no drug traces in her system at the time of her death. She placed ninth on the fifth season of American Idol.

The “Stronger” singer had a history of obesity, sleeve gastrectomy, and ulcerative colitis, according to the autopsy report.

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