Chilton Uninsured

Alex Chilton’s recent death may have rocked the music world, but it also made political waves, emerging as a tragic example during the recent health care debate of a plight faced by many Americans – lack of medical insurance.

“At least twice in the week before his fatal heart attack, Chilton experienced shortness of breath and chills while cutting grass,” the Times-Picayune reported. “But he did not seek medical attention … in part because he had no health insurance.”

Chilton complained of health issues and was driven to the hospital by his wife March 17, the paper said. He lost consciousness during the ride and was pronounced dead at the hospital.