Obesity causes death of Grammy winner Mandisa at 47

By Minh Duc   June 5, 2024 | 03:50 am PT
Grammy-winning singer and “American Idol” alum Mandisa died from class III obesity at age 47, according to an autopsy report.

The report released on Tuesday detailed that the American singer was found dead in her home by friends on April 18, with the last known sighting of her occurring about three weeks earlier, according to People.

The medical examiner stated that she weighed 221 kilograms (488 lbs) at the time of her death.

Grammy-winning artist Mandisa. Photo from Mandisas Instagram

Grammy-winning artist Mandisa. Photo from Mandisa's Instagram

Class III obesity, as defined by the Cleveland Clinic, is a chronic condition where an individual has a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35 or higher along with obesity-related health issues. This level of obesity can lead to serious health problems such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, according to the clinic.

Mandisa, a five-time Grammy nominee, won her first Grammy for her 2014 album "Overcomer." She gained widespread recognition for her performances on Season 5 of "American Idol" in 2006, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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