A post mortem examination conducted on the body of internet sensation Ikel Emmanuel on Monday, July 14 confirmed that he died from sepsis – an illness in which the body has a severe response to bacteria or other germs due to alcoholic liver disease.
Ann Marie Emmanus, mother of the deceased, told Saint Lucia News Online (SNO) today, July 15 that her son would drink daily and never took care of himself.
“He would go into town regularly and would not return until late at night and would normally sleep under our home,” she said.
Emmanus said her son would cry out for pain in his hips and abdomen but never made time to seek medical attention. She said the pathologist explained that the pain was caused by a cyst in his abdomen which led to his death.
A medical source, who preferred to remain anonymous, told SNO that Emmanuel suffered from alcohol liver disease, but despite the warnings, he continued to drink.
“He was getting treatment but he stopped then started drinking again,” the source said. “He came by us and we told him to go see a doctor because his feet and belly was getting big. He went and they (Victoria Hospital) told him that (he had alcoholic liver disease). He was getting better but the friends he chose were just like him.”
The source said a Castries doctor sometimes assisted Emmanuel financially in getting his medication, adding, “he always came to check up on the doctor, especially on Saturdays, so that they (the doctor’s office) would give him breakfast since the doctor feed homeless people. He went there most times when he was drunk and would be very stubborn, and at that time, he would say he want to change.”
“The last time they saw him he said he wanted to go to rehab, but he never went back so they could have made the arrangements. He always told them he loved them because they always spoke to him about his excessive intake of alcohol,” the source stated.
“Because he was diagnosed with liver disease, he was compliant for a short period and then returned to his old habits when he thought he was well.”
The source said Emmanuel was very happy about his Facebook exploits and even made a video for the doctor and his personnel.
“The street has been quiet without him. His absence is felt. Marlon, although he was known for different habits, we will remember the joyful, troublesome and loving person he was. We got the good side and the bad side of him,” the source added.
Ikel passed away at the Victoria Hospital sometime before 6 a.m on Thursday July 10. He was 33. He will be best remembered for videos on the social networking site in which he impersonated local broadcast journalists reporting the news.