Sunday, February 8, 2009

Nick Carter Admits He Almost Died Of Same Heart Condition That Killed Andy Gibb

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter revealed in an article on that he almost died of the same heart condition that took the life of 70's heart throb Andy Gibb. The condition is called cardiomyopathy, and it's the same condition that not only killed Gibb, but also actor Chris Penn. Here's the details from the article:

A sober, healthy and fit Nick Carter says his drug and alcohol addictions were once so severe that he almost died from heart disease. The Backstreet Boy was diagnosed last year with cardiomyopathy, a potentially fatal heart condition that killed Andy Gibb at age 30 and actor Chris Penn at 40.

"[I realized] I don't want to die," he tells People. "I don't want to be that person people read about and think, 'That's sad that he couldn't stop it and killed himself.'"

Carter, 29, had been battling his demons for 10 years. He says not even a DUI, a bar fight and extreme weight gain — he weighed 224 pounds at one point — were enough to make him sober up. Last spring, he underwent testing after experiencing chest pains, but fell into a cocaine binge before the results were due. "I went out and just went nuts," Carter says. "I drank so much and I did a bunch of blow. I felt like I was trying to kill myself — because I didn't want to get the results."

After learning the results and taking doctors' advice, Carter cleaned up his act — though he relapsed early on. The singer says he's now in the best shape of his life at 167 pounds, adding that life is "awesome."

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2 Responses to "Nick Carter Admits He Almost Died Of Same Heart Condition That Killed Andy Gibb"
  1. Anonymous said...
    February 8, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    I don't think he said he almost died, he said he COULD die of the same thing. He was told he had the same heart condition and unless he did something--ie get fit and stay off alcohol and drugs he COULD end up like Andy Gibb. He has been on tour for over a year--strenuous exercise--don't think he actually has severe cardiomyopathy or his activity would be curtailed.

  2. Anonymous said...
    August 7, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Poor Nicky, the abundant stress of so many demons have been attacking him for just too long!!

    He's in my prayers - hope you feel better, Nick!!

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