Pat Summitt's death: Why Alzheimer's disease is deadly

June 30, 2016 11:54 AM

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Pat Summitt's death: Why Alzheimer's disease is deadly

Hall of Fame women's basketball coach Pat Summitt died today (June 28) at age 64 after a five-year battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Although Alzheimer's disease shortens people's life spans, it is usually not the direct cause of a person's death, according to the Alzheimer's Society, a charity in the United Kingdom for people with dementia. Rather, people die from complications from the illness, such as infections or blood clots...

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