This is a hard pill to swallow.
As we reported, American Gladiators star Lee Reherman (AKA Hawk) was found dead in his Manhattan Beach, CA residence at the age of 49. So sad!
While no cause of death has been revealed, a source has shared that the athlete turned actor was dealing with a strange metallic taste in his mouth mere hours before his death.
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In fact, Lee's girlfriend is said to have urged The First Family performer to go to the E.R. after he started complaining about the odd taste on Monday evening.
Lee's rep has since confirmed that his client declined to seek medical attention as he hoped the issue would go away with some sleep. Unfortunately, it was when Reherman's girlfriend left the room to take a shower later that evening that Hawk passed away.
Since the C.O.D. has yet to be determined, the reports of this metallic taste could be the result of anything from a sinus infection to a stroke. Oddly enough, Lee had been feeling great after his recent hip surgery and was even working out again!
We can't imagine how difficult this whole situation must be for Lee's loved ones. Our thoughts are with them during this trying time!
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