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Mandisa’s Cause of Death Has Been Revealed

Mandisa’s Cause of Death Has Been Revealed

Mandisa’s autopsy report has revealed new details surrounding her sudden death earlier this year, including the cause of death.

Medical examiner Dr. Feng Li confirmed to The Tennessean that the 47-year-old singer died from complications of class III obesity. 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.” Her death was listed as natural, Li said.

Additionally, the report shared that the American Idol alum was found dead in her home by friends after no one had heard from her in “approximately three weeks.”

On April 19, a rep for Mandisa announced she had died from unknown causes and police were investigating the situation.

“We can confirm that yesterday Mandisa was found in her home deceased,” they wrote. “At this time we do not know the cause of death or any further details. We ask for your prayers for her family and close-knit circle of friends during this incredibly difficult time.”

Mandisa was a Grammy-Award-winning gospel artist who got her start as a contestant on season 5 of American Idol. Following her death, American Idol paid tribute to the singer, with  Idol alums Colton Dixon, Melinda Doolittle and Danny Gokey performing “Mary Mary’s “Shackles (Praise You),” which was the first song Mandisa sang when she competed on the series in 2006.

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