On February 4, 1983, less than a month before her 33rd birthday, Karen Carpenter suffered heart failure at her parents' home in Downey, California. She was taken to Downey Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead twenty minutes later. The Los Angeles coroner gave the cause of death as "heartbeat irregularities brought on by chemical imbalances associated with anorexia nervosa."
Karen Carpenter, 1950-1983 She had the best voice. I still sing along to her music. A Mid West girl who made it big and was pressured to lose weight. (She must have been a size 6 at the most.) You're missed Karen!
Karen Carpenter is a famous figure who died from anorexia at the age of 32. She helped to raise awareness of eating disorders after her tragically young death. Fans mourned the loss of her beautiful voice and wondered what would drive an individual to essentially kill herself. Karen Carpenter's death also caused many other stars to come forward and cite their own struggle with the disease and the pressure of living in the public eye.