The disease reportedly contributed to the recent death of The Eagles’ Glenn Frey
Dr. Rebecca Manno, a Johns Hopkins rheumatologist, encountered several patients Wednesday who were alarmed about news reports that Severe 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 medicationsFrey had been taking for his Severe 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 Severe 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.
While only the physicians who treated Frey know why he died, Manno and other experts who weren’t involved in his care interviewed by Next Avenue say it’s unlikely that Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis killed him or that he had both that disease and ulcerative colitis.Medications to treat Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis work by suppressing… the immune system, leaving patients at an increased risk of an infection such as pneumonia.Even patients’ families sometimes use incorrect terms to describe their illness, Manno says. True, rheumatoid arthritis “certainly causes problems with the body outside of the joints,” she says. However, “the gastrointestinal tract is not a typical place where we see problems with Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis.”