The 43-year-old bodybuilder and pornstar, who enjoyed "high life, celebrity parties and fast cars," died of a cocktail of drugs after pain from an accidental injury drove her to heroin
- Joanna Thomas, 43, was found dead in her apartment in Camborne, Cornwall, in April
- She was the youngest woman to receive a pro card in the bodybuilding generation at the age of 21
- Was injured in a car accident and started taking pain relievers not available in the UK
A former British bodybuilder champion and porn star died of a drug cocktail after pain from an accidental injury drove her to heroin.
Joanna Thomas, 43, took a cocktail of drugs to relieve the constant pain she had from her bodybuilding career.
She was found dead in her apartment in Camborne, Cornwall, in April 2020, surrounded by medication and drug paraphernalia.
Joanna Thomas, 43, (pictured) died of a cocktail of drugs after pain from an accidental injury drove her to heroin
She was injured in a car accident and started taking strong pain relievers that were not available in the UK – eventually taking heroin a few times a week.
Ms. Thomas rose to fame in the U.S. after becoming the youngest woman in her bodybuilding generation to receive a Pro Card at just 21 years old.
She lived a high life for 12 years and trained at Golds Gym in Venice, California during a long career.
In 2005, Joanna starred in a Channel Five documentary called Supersize She – a show showing her training prior to the 2004 Ms. Olympia competition.
Ms. Thomas rose to fame in the U.S. after becoming the youngest woman in her bodybuilding generation to receive a Pro Card at just 21 years old. In April she was found dead in her home
Acting chief medical examiner for Cornwall Andrew Cox read a statement from Joanna's mother Mary after an investigation into her death Monday.
She told the Truro Inquiry that when she was 22, Joanna moved to the United States and became a professional bodybuilder where she had a "very successful career".
Mary said, "She lived a high life, mingling with celebrities, driving fast cars, living in big houses, and going to lots of parties."
She married an American and they came to the UK – but he couldn't get a work permit and returned to America. They got divorced and he later died.
In the meantime, Joanna returned to her hometown of Cornwall and started some modeling jobs as well as starring in adult films.
She took prescribed medications as well as illegal drugs, including heroin, to relieve pain in her naked, back, and knees.
Mary said, “We knew she was using heroin once or twice a week. We weren't happy about that. She had been on heroin for three or four years. «
A note from her mother was found there in May saying that if she had been found dead, it would have been an accident.
Mary said, “I don't think she would have killed herself. Her body gave up and couldn't cope with the cocktail of drugs she was taking. & # 39;
However, she was injured in a car accident and was taking strong pain medication that was not available in the UK
Her primary care practice said Joanna was a "very complex case" and had used steroids and anabolic steroids, as well as illegal drugs and prescribed medications, throughout her bodybuilding career.
She had a "very difficult life," the research found, and faced dangers including "sexual, physical and emotional abuse".
Her mother said that when Joanna was 14, she was cared for by one of her lodgers and had a sexual relationship with her "despite her age" – something her family did not know about at the time.
Coroner Mr. Cox said Joanna had a very busy life in a short period of time and got up quickly and led a high life at a young age.
He said she used drugs to relieve the constant pain, but there was no clear intention of suicide and "no evidence of a deliberate attempt to commit suicide".
Mr. Cox added, “It seems to me that Joanna inadvertently took too much of the prescribed drugs, in addition to the illegal drugs that accidentally killed her. & # 39;
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