Mar. 2, 1950 – Feb. 4, 1983 (age 32)

On February 1, 1983, at the age of 32, Karen Carpenter collapsed and died in her bedroom at her parents’ house — her heart simply gave out. According to the autopsy, there was no indication of a drug overdose. Still, there was evidence that her dependence on the vomit-inducing drug ipecac was the primary contributor to her heart failure, along with the physical toll that anorexia took on her body.


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