Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Kill You? : Dr. Rebecca Manno Johns Hopkins rheumatologist

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The disease reportedly contributed to the recent death of The Eagles’ Glenn Frey

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Dr. Rebecca Manno, a Johns Hopkins rheumatologist, encountered several patients Wednesday who were alarmed about news reports that rheumatoid arthritis had contributed to the death of The Eagles’ star Glenn Frey. On top of that, Frey’s long-time agent reportedly attributed his death to the medications Frey had been taking for his rheumatoid arthritis.

“Am I going to die from a complication like he did?” Manno’s patients asked her. “Oh, my goodness, I’m not going to see my kids graduate from college.”

The Eagles had issued a statement Monday saying that Frey had “succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia,” and in an interview published that day, agent Irving Azoff blamed Frey’s arthritis medications for his colitis and pneumonia.

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