Jonathan Larson

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Jonathan Larson

January 21. The time is around 6:45 pm. Writer, composer Jonathan
Larson was sitting in the very last few rows listening as cast he had chosen for his "about to be" Broadway musical, "Rent" went through one of the final dress rehearsals in The New York Theater Workshop. He and the Director of "Rent"
Michael Grief began to sing one of the songs form the show when Larson began to feel a pain in his chest. The pain worsened. Larson (being the compulsive worrier and hypochondriac close friends and relatives knew him as) turned to an actor and said,"You better call 911. Think I'm having a heart attack."

Lagon was rushed to the Emergency Room of New York's Cabrini Medical
Center. There, doctors gave him an ECG which showed evidence of no heart problems or anything else for that matter. Symptoms included pale and clammy skin shortness of breath. Larson's best friend, Jonathan Burkhart noted,
"You've breath as hard as he was breathing." After a few more test were done,
Larson was Diagnosed with food poisoning. The doctor then proceeded to pump his stomach and send him home with a prescription for Toradol, a potent painkiller, in hand.

January 22. Morning. Jonathan Larson telephones Cabrini Medical to query the results of the tests taken the previous evening for food poisoning.
The employee on the other end of the line claimed no results could be found but tried to assure Larson that if any thing serious had bee...
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