Main forum: Michael Johns, American Idol Season 7

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Imagezuzu
Aug 2, 2014 2:17 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
Michael Johns is dead at the age of 35. The first reports say the cause of death was a blood clot in his ankle.
Imagetomatofreak
Aug 2, 2014 5:25 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
zuzu, I just saw this: STATEMENT FROM AMERICAN IDOL, FOX, FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA and 19 ENTERTAINMENT:

Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was a part of our AMERICAN IDOL family and he will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

It sounds so strange that a blood clot in an ankle could kill you, but I lost the best vet I ever had when a blood clot formed in his hand after a motorcycle accident. I loved Michael Johns; this is so sad.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
Imagezuzu
Aug 2, 2014 5:39 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
He was so talented. It seems incredible that he was eliminated in eighth place, but Season 7 was full of talented singers. Imagine how far he might have gone in one of the lackluster seasons that followed.

I saw him performing a few months ago on an episode of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," of all things, Blinking and he was still so very handsome and so very talented.
Imagewcgypsy
Aug 3, 2014 2:13 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
I also did not think he should have been eliminated, but....

The blood clots are bad news...A friend, on her way to Italy, was disembarking in London and dropped dead....clot in the lungs. Makes me wonder about the pain I keep having in my ankle....lol..

We're losing people every day, every hour, every minute, still it's sad when we know them, or even feel that we somehow know them.
Imagezuzu
Aug 3, 2014 8:11 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
You should have your ankle checked. If it is a clot, they'll give you blood thinners. They can't operate to remove it because surgery stimulates a clot to rush to the lungs, heart, or brain. This is one of the few perks of being a bleeder. I'll never die of a clot.

Clots are scary things. I remember once reading that the author of "Goodnight Moon," one of the favorite books of most small children, died when she was leaving a hospital and kicked up her leg to celebrate her recovery from appendicitis. The kick dislodged a clot that went straight to her heart and killed her. Even being on the hospital grounds couldn't save her life.
Imagewcgypsy
Aug 3, 2014 10:15 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Oh, I suppose that I should...not a fan of doctors, I'm afraid. I do have to get around to finding a new one here, been here about 9 months and have yet to do that.

Hemophilia, zu? My cousin lost both of her sons to that...you've been careful and / or lucky.....

I will eventually die of one thing or another, can't worry about them all.....I feel that I've also been lucky....
Imagezuzu
Aug 3, 2014 11:29 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
I'm only a carrier, but I'm a symptomatic carrier. My boy didn't get it, but my sister's son did. She did all the right things and kept him alive, against all odds, until he was 35, but then she died and he died two weeks later.
Imagewcgypsy
Aug 4, 2014 5:35 AM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Oh, sad, zu....I'm sorry. My cousin, Lillian, is still living and in her 70's, but the loss of both of her boys was tragic. Glad for you that Michael did not inherit it.

I think on the blood clot issue that I will revisit turmeric...for all of its other benefits as well.
Imagezuzu
Aug 4, 2014 12:49 PM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
The really tragic thing about the hemophiliacs of my nephew's generation is that most of them died of AIDS because they had received tainted blood transfusions before anyone knew about the disease and started checking the blood supply for it. Even more tragic was the fact that the long-awaited cure, in the form of a liver transplant, was unavailable to them because of their HIV-compromised immune system, which precluded transplants of any kind.

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