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Pneumonia Killed Christian Brando

4/11/2008 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned pneumonia killed Christian Brando.

The 49-year-old Brando, the acting legend's oldest son, died in January after a short stay in the hospital.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing Dag Drollet, the then-boyfriend of his half-sister Cheyenne. He was also originally fingered as Bonny Lee Bakley's baby daddy, but Robert Blake eventually earned that esteemed distinction.

Brando, who was unmarried and had no children, was working in construction under a fake name at the time of his death.

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juliern    

Do the research TMZ: COPD is NOT the same thing as pneumonia! (i'm a nurse)

2284 days ago
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jenn    

COPD is not pneumonia. Pneumonia is an acute infection of the lung. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), also known as chronic obstructive airway diseases (COAD), is a group of diseases characterized by the pathological limitation of airflow in the airway that is not fully reversible. COPD is the umbrella term for chronic bronchitis, emphysema and a range of other lung disorders.

Easy mistake for a non-medical writer to make.

2284 days ago
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OCD    



What a sad life.

2284 days ago
4.

Amy    

Just say "emphasema due to cancer stix". Pneumonia is an infection, Slick.

2284 days ago
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Heather    

Do your research TMZ. COPD, by name, is a chronic condition, lasting or developing over many years. Pneumonia is an accute condition.

2284 days ago
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jennifer    

really? you don't know what COPD is?!?
seeing all those commercials for advair would tip you off that it's NOT pneumonia - idiots... ever hear of googling it?!?

2284 days ago
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Sav    

Kinda hurts your credibility when you can't even find out that COPD and Pneumonia are 2 very different things TMZ!

2284 days ago
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jennifer    

reading your 'article' again makes me wonder: did someone on your staff get the coroner's report and not knowing what copd is, yelled out to their co-workers 'hey, what's copd?' and someone just yelled out 'i think it's pneumonia' and then you posted it online? granted, you're not the new york times, you're not even the post, but you'd think you guys would have at least a grain of truth to your stories...

2284 days ago
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Kerry    

apparently tmz is not doing so well on the reporting. i think i'll stop using it as my reliable news source. no more tmz tv for me too!

2284 days ago
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RRR    

EXCLUSIVE: TMZ Staff has no idea what they are reporting as they are ignorant regarding the difference between COPD and Pneumonia. Story first, the facts later.

2284 days ago
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salopia    

I was just about to post that COPD and pneumonia are two different things, although COPD makes you more vulnerable to pneumonia so maybe thats where the confusion stemmed from (I'm a respiratory physiolologist :p).

I don't think i'll bother now though....

2284 days ago
12.

Stan    

Constuction??? FRIGGIN CONSTRUCTION???? THE Legendary Marlon Brando's son was working in CONSTRUCTION???? He must be friggin rolling in his grave knowing the mess his son was.


RIP man.

2284 days ago
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JustInTime    

OK ALREADY!! TMZ called it pneumonia instead of COPD, we get it! Get off your high horses and quit posting about it already.

2284 days ago
14.

R    

How very sad!

2284 days ago
15.

fran    

Did ya all know that he's RIP in the town of Kalama Washington.
That's north of Portland Oregon on Interstate 5. Next time your in the neighborhood wave!
Some Real People live there.

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