Her brother Alex Jacobs, beforehand advised Rolling Stone that Dean was concerned in a “very, very unhealthy automobile accident” round 2009, after which medical doctors eliminated her spleen. He additionally famous that his sister suffered damaged ribs and a damaged again within the accident
“[The spleen is] concerned in combating off infections, and that would have had one thing to do with what occurred,” Jacobs mentioned on Aug. 31. “Her spleen not being there simply added on to the rationale why she maybe could not battle it off.”
Jacobs additionally detailed his sister’s final day alive, explaining that Dean started skilled “minor” signs earlier than asking her fiancé, Luke Volker, to take her to an emergency room. She died only a few hours later.
Her brother advised the outlet, “This occurred actually throughout the span of a day: getting a headache, going to sleep, waking up her boyfriend and saying please take me to the hospital.”