The carpenters were extremely popular and they were enjoying their music on the television shows. The television shows were gradually had more viewer ship when Karen Carpenter started to feel that she is gaining more weight. This was the time when Karen started to realize that she is gaining more weight than required. Even music critics also mentioned that Karen is fat in most of the articles that were published at that time. It was quite frustrating for Karen because she wasn’t able to focus onto the music due to the problem. To resolve the issue Karen started to work out a little bit, she also started dieting at the same time. But that didn’t work well for Karen and she gained more weight.
She consulted number of doctors about the issue, she was facing. On the other side, she was consistently focused onto the dieting plans. This resulted in the great loss of weight. She was told by the doctors that she is weight obsessed and then she started fighting with the eating disorder disease. Karen lost weight too quickly and after 6 weeks from the date of diagnosis, she was only left with 77 pounds. It was an alarming situation for Karen and she became thinner and thinner. During the world tour in the year 1975, Karen was so weak to fight against the diseases, as the immune system didn’t work well for her. Karen somehow managed to complete the tour and it was a successful one. The fans of the carpenters have not idea about what is happening to Karen. Finally, in the year 1983, Karen carpenter had a heart attached that she could not survive. Karen carpenter was found to be suffering from anorexia nervosa. Later on the reports showed that Karen had excessive doses of the ipecac, ipecac is a kind of drug that is used to make patient vomit. But unfortunately she did too excessive amount of ipecac that proved to be deadly for Karen health. The only positive thing that happened after the Karen death was the awareness that people had against the eating disorders.
Karen death was shocking not only for the fans but at the same time Richard was also devastated by the Karen’s death. But Richard managed to keep up the focus, and started working on the next album. After the death of Karen, tenth album was launched but this time fans didn’t have the voice of Karen .But Richard uses Karen recording from the previous solo albums. The name of the album was “voice of the heart”. Mixed kind of response came from the listeners and the album did a moderate level of the business. In the year 1985, Richard decided to get married; nothing stopped Richard from working on the next album. The eleventh album that was launched by Richard Carpenter was “An old fashioned Christmas”. Richard later on compiled an album that included previous songs from different albums. The name of the album was “Yesterday once more” .