Lisa Blount, star of An Officer and A Gentleman, passed away today at the age of 53 from a rare and painful blood disorder called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) which reduces blood-clotting and can lead to excessive bruising and bleeding.
“She’d had it for a long time and that was one reason she moved back here [Arkansas] from Los Angeles, because of her health,” her mother Louise told Radar.
“She’d had some surgeries and it was really, really excruciating pain… I’ve seen her in such pain. She was limited to what she could take because she had a rare blood disease…she wouldn’t take aspirin because it would bring the blood to the surface of the skin,” she continued.
Louise found her daughter at her Little Rock, Arkansas home after trying to reach her for two days. Her phone was in her hand so she may have been trying to call for help.
Our thoughts are with Lisa’s mother and the rest of her family.