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Amanda Blake Died of AIDS, Doctor Says




 

LEAD: Amanda Blake, the actress who played Miss Kitty on the long-running television series "Gunsmoke," died of AIDS-related complications and not, as a hospital and her friends reported at the time, of cancer, her doctor says.

Amanda Blake, the actress who played Miss Kitty on the long-running television series "Gunsmoke," died of AIDS-related complications and not, as a hospital and her friends reported at the time, of cancer, her doctor says.

The doctor, Lou Nishimura, a Sacramento internist, said Monday that Miss Blake, who died at age 60 on Aug. 16, did have throat cancer. But he added, "That wasn't the reason that she died."

Dr. Nishimura spoke after a report by television station KRBK in Sacramento, where Miss Blake was a longtime resident, quoted her friends as saying now that her death was related to AIDS. He said that she had suffered from AIDS symptoms for about a year but that he did not know how she had contracted the disease.

Miss Blake's fifth husband, Mark Spaeth, a developer and City Councilman in Austin, Tex., died of pneumonia in 1985 at age 45. They married in April 1984, and divorced a short time later.

After Miss Blake died at Mercy General Hospital, a statement by the hospital and her friends reported the cause of death as cancer.

Miss Blake's death certificate, however, listed the immediate cause as cardiopulmonary arrest due to liver failure and CMV hepatitis. CMV, or cytomegalo virus, hepatitis is AIDS-related, said Dr. Nishimura.



 


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