Alex Chilton: Death By Uninsurance

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The New Orleans Times-Picayune reveals that we need to include Big Star’s legendary frontman Alex Chilton at the too-young age of 59 among the 45,000 Americans who die each year because they’re uninsured:

At least twice in the week before his fatal heart attack, Chilton experienced shortness of breath and chills while cutting grass. But he did not seek medical attention, Kersting said, in part because he had no health insurance.

On the morning of March 17, she went to work. Chilton called her after suffering another episode; she arrived home before the ambulance, and drove him to the hospital. He lost consciousness a block from the emergency room, after urging Kersting to run the red light.

Tragic.