Now I see why everyone loved Lucille Ball! That lady knew how to have a good time! But seriously, next month marks the 30th anniversary of Lucy’s passing at the age of 77 and a new report has come out claiming that she used poppers (government name: amyl nitrite). No, she didn’t use them to up her horniness while bottoming as many do today. She used poppers to deal with chest pains she had been experiencing for years prior to her death.
Lucy was inhaling poppers for their intended use, which was to ease chest pain. Unfortunately the pains she had been experiencing could have been linked to a much more severe disease. The official cause of Lucy’s death was listed as an aortic rupture. But Dr. Michael Hunter claims in an upcoming episode of the Reelz network show Autopsy, The Last Hours Of.. that Lucy began using poppers as early as 1984, which was an indication that she may have been suffering from cardiovascular disease. People reports that Dr. Hunter wants to get a better understanding of what actually led to her death because the poppers weren’t necessarily helping with her underlying health issues.
“My investigation has discovered reports of a major setback for Lucille, some two years before her life ended,” says Dr. Hunter. “And I want to find out what impact this had on her health.”
During his investigation, Dr. Hunter explains how cystic medial necrosis was a contributing cause to Ball’s death.
“The slow tearing of Lucille’s aortic lining that had presented itself to doctors eight days earlier had ended in what reports refer to as an aortic blowout. Surgery could not fix all the damage to this major blood vessel. But what led to this damage? Lucille’s death certificate states cystic medial necrosis as a contributing cause to her death,” he explains in PEOPLE’s exclusive sneak peek at the episode.
Cystic what’sitnow? The fuck are you saying, doc? Basically, once the elasticity of the large blood vessels in Lucy’s body began to fade away, it made it easier for them to tear and rupture. But there may have been something else going on prior to this condition.
“But Lucille seemed so healthy just one month before her death. I want to investigate if there were any previously unknown causes of her heart problems,” he adds.
Dr. Hunter questions: “Could a mystery illness that she contracted when she was just 17 years old have played a part in the death of America’s most loved Lucy?”
Knowing that Lucy was an avid supporter of gay rights I wonder if she discovered poppers at one of her gay friends’ houses in the 80s and asked them what it was. When the friend answered, “Baby it’s the new VitaMeataVegamin“, Lucy knew that life would never be the same again.