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'American Idol's Mandisa Cause Of Death Revealed To Be Complications From Class 3 Obesity—Here's What It Mean

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Fans were shocked when Grammy Award winner and American Idol alum Mandisa was discovered dead in her home in mid-April.  

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There are some answers as to what happened to the 47-year-old.  

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According to an autopsy report obtained by People, Mandisa died as a result of complications from Class 3 obesity. However, her cause of death was listed as natural.  

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Is class 3 obesity equivalent to morbid obesity? Yes, class 3 obesity is equivalent to morbid obesity.  

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It's worth noting that the terms "morbidly obese" and "morbid obesity" are no longer acceptable because they can be offensive and harmful to people who have the condition.  

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People with class 3 obesity have a BMI of 40 or higher, according to Medline Plus. While people can live with class 3 obesity, it increases the risk of developing serious health complications, some of which can be fatal.  

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Life expectancy varies with class 3 obesity. However, studies have shown that having class 3 obesity can shorten a person's life by up to 14 years if left untreated.  

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Obesity treatment is complicated, with no one-size-fits-all solution for everyone. However, if you have obesity and want to treat it, consult your doctor about the next steps. They should be able to provide personalized guidance or refer you to someone who can assist.  

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