Hank Williams Jr’s Wife Died After Cosmetic Surgery

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Leena Nasir Entertainment Reporter
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Mary Jane Thomas, the wife of country musician Hank Williams Jr., reportedly died of a collapsed lung a day after she underwent cosmetic surgery.

The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner deemed her death an accident and said her lung was punctured during her March 21 surgery, TMZ reported Monday. The coroner’s report indicated the procedure included liposuction on her back, arms and stomach and the removal of her breast implants, according to People.

Dr. Harold Bafitis, Thomas’ plastic surgeon, indicated he had gone to see her in her hotel room the day after the surgical procedure as part of a follow-up appointment, TMZ reported. While sitting up during the visit, she apparently became unresponsive. It was initially thought she suffered a complication from the surgery, according to the outlet.

The autopsy found Thomas’ exact cause of death to be “pneumothorax due to perforated parietal pleura during liposuction with autologous fat reinjection procedure,” according to People. (RELATED: Supermodel Linda Evangelista Returns To Modeling After Botched Cosmetic Surgery)

The surgeon allegedly accidentally punctured the membrane while completing the fat transfer during a breast lift procedure after her implant had been removed, according to the medical examiner’s report, People reported.

Thomas was transported to the hospital in Jupiter, Florida, where she died roughly an hour after she first became unresponsive, according to TMZ.

She was a former Hawaiian Tropic model and is survived by her husband and their son, Samuel. Thomas and Williams also had a daughter, Katherine, who died in 2020 a car accident, according to People.