In an recent episode of the Autopsy, The Last Hours of Lucille Ball the story of the actress’s final days is revealed, including a shocking revelation. Lucy used poppers!
The episode just aired on the Reelz and relates recent discoveries about Lucille Ball‘s life and death –like the fact that she was a regular user of poppers, aka amyl nitrate, which is most commonly used today by gay men during sex.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter says on the episode,
“Lucille Ball died of a rupture of the aorta. This tells me how she died, but not what led to such extensive damage to this critical blood vessel. Poppers are a strong smelling inhalant often associated with sex, but its original purpose was as a prescription drug to treat pain in the chest.”
When Lucy died at 77, she had been using poppers for at least four years to ease the pain in her heart and chest, according to the doctor. Her use of amyl nitrate indicates that for years she’d shown signs of cardiovascular disease.
On April 26, 1989, Ball’s aorta ruptured, and she died in minutes, despite major surgery just a week prior to replace her aortic valve.
Many were well aware of the circumstances surrounding her death, we had no idea that gay icon Lucy used poppers.
(Photo, screen grab, Reelz; via Hornet)