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Patty Duke's husband calls sepsis a 'silent killer'

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

As we prepare to celebrate Patty's Duke's life, her family is speaking out about what killed her. Her husband is sharing their painful story in hopes that it will save lives.

"It's the silent killer that no one knows about," Michael Pearce said in and interview with KHQ's Liz Burch.

On Easter Sunday, Pearce and his wife Anna were out shopping and making baskets for their grandkids. Just two days later, she passed away.

"Absolutely no warning. I want people to know it came out as sepsis," Pearce said, going on to say, "What happened with Anna was a small tumor ruptured slightly, and the poisons leaked into her body."

Doctors with the Spokane Regional Health District says sepsis is an infection in your blood. Once the infection is in your blood, it can move to other areas of your body. Some symptoms to watch out for are fever, discoloration, and heat around wound. If you have those symptoms--head to see a doctor immediately.

Patty Duke was a tireless activist all her life--and that's why her husband is taking it upon himself to speak out about this health issue, since she isn't here to.

"She would have wanted to spread about sepsis," Pearce said. "275,000 people die a year from sepsis…If you notice anything weird with your body, if something isn't quite right, go get checked."

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