Goldie Dies of Pulmonary Embolism 

It's several hours since the reports about the death of Nigerian songstress and Kennis Music's Goldie’s death. Lots of questions are being asked about the truism of the news as some have resolved to say "it's rumour" just to console their shocks.

Late last night, one of Nigeria's top bloggers, Linda Ikeji, made a tweet that the celebrated Big Brother Africa star had died. Upon this breaking news last night, reporters hit the road to get to the location of the hospital where her remains was. Here is what they found out as what led to her death.



It was said that she was brought into the hospital dead at about 7:55pm. Information from Reddington Hospital which is located at 12 Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island, Lagos said she died of pulmonary embolism.

Professionals define Pulmonary Embolism as an obstruction of a blood vessel in the lungs, usually due to a blood clot, which blocks a coronary artery. A small proportion of cases are due to the embolization of air, fat, talc in drugs of intravenous drug abusers or amniotic fluid. The obstruction of the blood flow through the lungs and the resultant pressure on the right ventricle of the heart lead to the symptoms and signs of Pulmonary embolism. The risk of Pulmonary Embolism is increased in various situations, such as cancer or prolonged bed rest.

Symptoms of pulmonary embolism include difficulty breathing, chest pain on inspiration, and palpitations. Clinical signs include low blood oxygen saturation and cyanosis, rapid breathing, and a rapid heart rate. Severe cases of PE can lead to collapse, abnormally low blood pressure, and sudden death.

Cocaine is the illicit drug whose abuse most often results in cardiopulmonary symptoms and emergency treatment. Habitual smoking of alkaloidal cocaine (“freebase,” “crack”) has replaced nasal insufflation as the most common method of abuse. Smoking of cocaine exposes the lung directly to the volatilized drug as well as to the other combustion products of the smoked mixture, thereby increasing the risk of adverse pulmonary effects. A wide variety of pulmonary complications including interstitial pneumonitis, fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, alveolar hemorrhage, asthma exacerbation, barotrauma, thermal airway injury, hilar lymphadenopathies, and bullous emphysema may be associated with the inhalation of crack cocaine or of associated substances such as talc, silica, and lactose.