Mandisa’s Sudden Death at 47 Blamed on ‘Obesity’

“American Idol” star Mandisa died suddenly of “natural causes” that were blamed on “obesity,” according to the autopsy report.

The 47-year-old died from “complications of class III obesity,” her autopsy report states.

However, the report didn’t reveal details of those “complications.”

According to the Cleveland Clinic, class III obesity can lead to the development of several serious health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Class III obesity is a disease in which a person “has a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 or higher and is experiencing obesity-related health conditions,” the clinic notes.

The Grammy Award-winning music star was found dead in her home by friends at age 47 on April 18, as Slay News reported at the time.

The autopsy report, which was obtained by People, listed her manner of death as natural.

The late musician was best known for landing in the Top 10 when she appeared on Season 5 of “American Idol,” placing ninth.

At the time, she cited Def Leppard and Whitney Houston among her influences.

She released her debut album, “True Beauty,” in 2007.

Her 2013 record, “Overcomer,” won the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album Grammy.

In an April episode of “American Idol,” the show honored Mandisa.

“Idol” alums Colton Dixon, Melinda Doolittle, and Danny Gokey performed a cover of “Shackles (Praise You)” by duo Mary Mary as a tribute to Mandisa.

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“Mandisa was an adored icon on ‘American Idol’ and in the music industry,” the show said in a statement at the time.

“She had become a platinum-selling artist and had won several Grammys for her music.

“Her passing has left everyone on the show heartbroken, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family.”

“She brought such joy to our family, to our lives that we’re just going to miss her every day,” Mandisa’s father, John Hundley, told News 2 after her death.

Gokey, for his part, took to Instagram after her death.

“Devastated to to hear about the sudden loss of Mandisa,” he wrote.

“Not only did we connect over being American Idol alumni — we had a great time on the road doing several tours together.

“Her joy was infectious & I loved her heart to encourage people on & off stage!

“When I made my debut in Christian music she was my greatest supporter.

“It wasn’t easy coming off my first failed record deal after the show but she was the one who welcomed me first and loudest….

“Mandisa you left too soon — our community will never be the same without you.”

Fellow “American Idol” alum Melinda Doolittle wrote via Instagram:

“I wish everyone had even a small dose of Mandisa in their lives.

“She would be the loudest cheerleader you have ever known.

“She would laugh the hardest at your worst joke…your presence and friendship have been a gift for over 20 years.

“I’m so grateful to have been loved by you in a way that makes this loss so very profound.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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