Doctor says Wiggins died from AIDS complications

January 14, 1991|By Los Angeles Times

Former Baltimore Oriole Alan Wiggins died of complications caused by AIDS, said one of his doctors.

Wiggins, 32, who died Jan. 6, had been suffering for three years from complications caused by acquired immune deficiency syndrome, said the doctor, who declined to be identified.

Wiggins' family and the staff at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Hospital decline to acknowledge publicly the cause of death, but one family member and several friends of Wiggins confirmed that Wiggins died from complications caused by AIDS.

"He has had some health problems for some time. He knew what was happening," said Dr. James McGee, Wiggins' psychiatrist in Baltimore. "The last few times I talked to him, about four months ago, were not fun, happy conversations. He was not in good shape, and wasn't optimistic. Things were not going well for him."

Wiggins, who had a history of drug abuse and had been hospitalized on several occasions, was admitted into the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai at 3:20 a.m. EST on Nov. 29. The admissions report said Wiggins was "coughing, had breathing difficulty, and a clear indication of pneumonia."

He drifted in and out of consciousness during his stay, and 37 days later, he was dead.

He weighed less than 75 pounds at the time of death.

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