Judy Garlands tragic death – autopsy findings, cause of death and final months
It has been 53 years since beloved Hollywood star Judy Garland died.
The star of films including The Wizard Of Oz and Meet Me in St Louis, was found dead at her home on June 22, 1969 at the age of 47 years old – just two weeks after her birthday.
Her death left fans and the world of entertainment in shock, as many mourned the loss of one of the world's greatest entertainers.
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Following her death, a coroners report shared the details of how she died – with her husband Micky Dean revealing the details of the star's final hours.
Judy Garland's final months were reportedly marred with money issues, an addiction to prescription drugs and shows that saw the star take to the stage for performances that were sometimes hours late.
However, fans still waited outside the venues for a glimpse of the star, who is one of the world's biggest music icons, with her manager at the time Stevie Phillips telling Closer that her "concerts were always wonderful".
It is also reported that the singer played many of these solo concerts to pay back thousands of dollars owed to the IRS in taxes.
Her last performance was in Copenhagen, Denmark in March 1969 – with the star dying three months later.
Judy was also reported to have had an addiction to prescription drugs that she had battled throughout her life.
Speaking on This Morning, her daughter Lorna Luft said she believes that her mother would not have died so early if there had not been a stigma around addiction in the sixties.
She said: "We have so much education about the world of addiction and it's so prevalent in everybody’s life right now – and the stigma has been taken off.
"It’s okay to say 'I have a problem' and back then it wasn’t."
Judy Garland died at the age of 47 years old on June 22, 1969 – with her death leaving fans and stars from the world of entertainment in shock at the passing of the beloved icon.
Speaking at an inquest into Judy's death, her husband Mickey Dean described the final hours of the star's life.
He told the coroner's court that the couple had watched a film together before going to bed, saying: "Judy curled her feet up to me to keep warm as she always did."
However, he said that the next morning he found Judy slumped on the bathroom floor and that the door had been bolted.
Judy was later pronounced dead, just two weeks after her 47th birthday.
Her funeral took place five days later on June 27, 1969 in New York – with more than 20,000 people lining the streets to pay their respects to the star.
An inquest into Judy Garland's death was held in 1969, with the findings reported at Westminster Court, London on June 22 of that year.
The coroner concluded that Judy died from an accidental overdose, and that there was no evidence to suggest that it was a deliberate action by the actress.
Coroner Gavin Thurston told press at the time: "This is quite clearly an accidental circumstance to a person who was accustomed to taking barbiturates over a very long time.
"She took more barbiturates than she could tolerate."
The autopsy also found a number of old scars on the actresses' body during their investigation.
In her later years, Judy is also reported to have suffered from liver problems, acute hepatitis, kidney ailments and injuries suffered in falls – although this is not mentioned in the report.
However, the coroner's report did reveal that there was no cirrhosis of the liver relating to alcoholism, despite claims that Judy drank heavily.
Speaking in the coroners court, her husband Mickey Deans also explained that Judy did not drink a lot of alcohol, saying: "My wife drank very little, as opposed to what people think.
"She left a lot of drink around the house – about six glasses – but she sipped more than she drank. She was not a drinker in the true sense."
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