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Cat Power reveals near-death experience

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May 12, 2014 | 12:37pm EDT

Singer/songwriter Cat Power has revealed she almost died in 2012 as she battled tissue swelling disorder angioedema. The 42 year old was hospitalised with the stress-induced condition following the release of her 2012 album Sun and was forced to postpone the European leg of a tour to focus on her health. The singer, real name Chan Marshall, has spoken about the condition in the past, but she has now revealed the situation was more dire then she revealed at the time. She tells The Guardian, "They told me they were going to put me in a coma to save my lungs. My friend came to visit and told me I'd made the Billboard Top 10 (music chart) and all I could think was, 'I don't want to die'." After being diagnosed with the condition in 2012, Cat Power took to her Instagram page, and wrote, "(Angioedema) can attack at random & is extremely frightening and dangerous when it hits my throat, windpipe, or tongue, and I've been hospitalised for it eight times since the first attack... "Since then, I worked very very hard with all the best allergists, cardiologists, neurologists, accupuncurists (sic), homeopathists & renowned healers that I could find." And, announcing the cancellation of her European dates, she added, "I have to postpone my European tour until early next year, so I can return home and re-engage myself back into my health regimen. I f**king love my fans. Everything I do regarding my career, I first, think of my fans and this world we all share. But right now, I have to think of myself because I have to learn trough (sic) meditation & being clear from alcohol & cigarettes & red meat and lots of rest amongst my menagerie of doctors... I have to now learn to heal myself."

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