According to an autopsy report, the former model passed away in March from a collapsed lung that was punctured during surgery.
Hank Williams Jr.’s wife Mary Jane Thomas passed away, and the reason why has been made public.
Based on the report from the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner and an autopsy report, which were acquired by PEOPLE, Thomas, 58, passed away on March 22 as a result of a collapsed lung that had been pierced the day before during elective surgery. Accidental death was given as the reason for death.
“Pneumothorax due to perforated parietal pleura during liposuction with autologous fat reinjection treatment,“ according to the autopsy report, is the cause of death.
According to Science Direct, the parietal pleura is a membrane that is connected by connective tissue to the inner surface of the chest wall and is crucial for the production and elimination of pleural fluid. The results of the autopsy revealed that Thomas’ lung collapsed as a result of her surgeon puncturing the membrane during the fat transfer procedure she underwent as part of a breast lift after having her breast implants removed.
The former model, who now resides in Nashville, flew to Jupiter, Florida for liposuction at Bafitis Plastic Surgery as well as to have her old breast implants removed. According to the medical examiner’s findings, she was given the all-clear for the surgeries by a doctor at her house. Thomas reportedly “suddenly” lost consciousness the next day, was taken to a nearby hospital and passed away in the emergency room.
The medical examiner’s report says that a family member’s idea that Thomas might have died because of a blood clot at the time of her death was wrong, according to Taste of Country.
People said that Thomas’s surgeon said that her vital signs were normal and that she was given the drug Lovenox to stop blood clots from forming.
According to the magazine, Thomas’ autopsy also found fatty liver transformation, minor coronary artery disease, and slight brain edoema in addition to the reason for death.
At a 1985 concert, Thomas had the opportunity to meet Williams, the late Hank Williams’ son, who is now 73 years old. The pair were married five years later and had two kids: son Samuel, 25, who is also a musician, and daughter Katherine, who passed away in a vehicle accident in 2020.
I met Ms. Mary Jane Thomas on July 4th, 1984 in Daytona Beach, FL. Who knew that the Beach Beauty would turn out to be a world-class hunter and adventurer? We traveled all over the world on hunts and safaris, but our favorite was hunting right here in Tennessee! pic.twitter.com/O2PMocp7Sy
— Hank Williams, Jr. (@HankJr) April 28, 2022
Williams’ spokesman and a representative for Bafitis Plastic Surgery did not immediately reply to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
According to the report, she was brought to a rehabilitation facility after being released from the facility at 7 p.m. on March 21. The following day, Thomas was “sitting up in bed, speaking normally” when she “suddenly” stopped responding.
After being taken to a nearby hospital, Thomas passed away there, according to the report.