Alex Chilton: Dead Because of No Health Insurance? — Keith Spera in the Times-Picayune

April 07, 2010, 12:45PM

Alex Chilton’s life in New Orleans was a mystery, and that’s how the Big

Alex Chilton on stage during the 2004 South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Tex. He died three days before a scheduled appearance with Big Star at the 2010 conference. AP photo

Star singer wanted it

By Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune

April 07, 2010, 12:45PM
Excerpt from the story: (Read the entire story here)

. . . 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, [his wife, the former Laura] 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. . . .

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