Doctor Atkins Medical Report

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A new report says the founder of the famous Atkins Diet died obese and with a heart condition.

Doctor Robert Atkins died last April at the age of 72, after he fell on an icy street in New York.

The Wall Street Journal -- citing a report from the city medical examiner -- says he weighed 258 pounds at his death and had previously suffered a heart attack, congestive heart failure and hypertension.

The report was provided to the Journal by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a group that advocates vegetarianism.

The medical examiner's office told the Journal that the report had been sent to the advocacy group in error.

Atkins was the diet guru who stressed eating protein-filled meat and cheese over carbohydrates.

His widow says she's outraged that the report has been made public. She also says her husband's doctors insist his health problems weren't related to diet.

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