Tammy Wynette, born May 5, 1942, in Virginia, suffered health problems all of her life.
In 1970, she had a hysterectomy following the birth of her fourth daughter. The surgery signaled the start of Wynette’s spiraling health.
Wynette died on April 6, 1998, and the doctors at the time declared she’d died of a blood clot in her lungs.
However, the news would come out that for the last years of her life, she’d been having more and more pills prescribed by her doctors.
Her family filed a lawsuit against the doctors, insurance and her husband George Richey claiming they were responsible for the star’s death by not taking care of her.
“In the end, the drugs would take her life”
Richey had apparently ignored the advice of doctors and hadn’t taken Tammy to a hospital in the days leading up to her death.
In 1999, her body would be exhumed and an autopsy was given.
The autopsy said she had several potent drugs in her system at the time of her death including Versed and Phenergan and found that she’d died from cardiac arrhythmia, not a blood clot.
The star experienced acute pain for much of her life, and as a result, resorted to drugs like Valium to ease the discomfort, but in the end, the drugs would take her life …