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Country Star June Carter Cash's Mysterious Cause Of Death Re-Examined In REELZ Documentary

May. 28 2021, Published 11:08 a.m. ET

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On May 15, 2003, June Carter Cash – country singer and beloved wife of Johnny Cash – died in a Nashville hospital following complications from heart surgery.

Or did she?

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On Sunday, renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter will re-examine June's autopsy, pull up her medical records, and speak with family and friends to figure out what exactly killed the music legend in REELZ's latest documentary, Autopsy: The Last Hours of…June Carter Cash.

In Radar's exclusive sneak peek, Hunter touches on the subject of June's high-fat diet and alludes to the fact that doctors may have missed urgent warning signs.

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"I know that June Carter Cash had a taste for unhealthy food, which most likely contributed to her coronary artery disease," Hunter explains. "At some point, this progressed to congestive heart failure."

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"On top of that," he goes on, "seven months before her death, doctors discovered that June had a leaking heart valve, all of which indicates that June's heart was severely compromised."

Indeed, the five-time Grammy winner – known for composing the hit song, Ring of Fire, which was made famous by her superstar husband – found herself hospitalized after becoming unwell at home. She reportedly complained of pain around and under her ribs and was having difficulty breathing.

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"Doctors initially thought this was gallstones," says Hunter, "but further tests revealed that fluid was building around June's heart and lungs due to the leak in her micro-valve. June was told that her valve needed to be urgently replaced."

June died just before her 74th birthday, and she left behind a legacy that few rival. In addition to excelling as a singer-songwriter on her own, fans also cherished her duets with Johnny and saw her as a fixture at the Grand Ole Opry.

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But as is the case with most famous musicians, her life in the limelight was not without its troubles. In the shadows of her musical successes lived her tumultuous, 35-year love story and marriage, as well as detected and undetected health concerns.

Autopsy: The Last Hours of...June Carter Cash premieres Sunday, May 30 at 10 PM ET/PT on REELZ.

Watch REELZ on DIRECTV 238, Dish Network 299, Verizon FiOS 692, AT&T U-verse 1799 and in HD on cable systems and streaming services nationwide. Find REELZ on your local cable or satellite provider at www.reelz.com.

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