The widow of diet guru Robert Atkins, who died last year after a fall, accused individuals on Monday of trying to use his history of heart disease to discredit his ideas about healthy eating.
Veronica Atkins issued a statement acknowledging that her husband had been diagnosed with a heart condition known as cardiomyopathy about three years before he died, and that he had had a cardiac arrest in April 2002. But she said the condition was caused by a viral infection, and rejected any suggestion that he had died of a heart attack related to his diet.
His widow said she was speaking out because otherwise "unscrupulous individuals will continue to twist and pervert the truth in an attempt to destroy the reputation and great work of my late husband
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