Today would have been Andy Warhol's 90th birthday, if he hadn't suddenly passed away in 1987 at just 58 years old. According to those who knew him, the pop artist had a 'sixth sense' about his own mortality
In January 1987, while opening an exhibition of his work in Milan, Andy Warhol began suffering from terrible abdominal cramps. The artist had no faith in conventional medicine – when his friends were dying during the Aids epidemic, he wore a crystal pendant around his neck.
But the pain was so intense that when he returned to New York he sought professional help. His doctor diagnosed an infected gallbladder that was in danger of becoming gangrenous, and recommended removing it at once....
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