Cardiopulmonary Arrest Kills Charlie Wilson at 76
Cardiopulmonary arrest has been listed as the cause of death for former U.S Congressman Charlie Wilson who died in hospital at the age of 76 today. Charlie Wilson is best known for funneling money into Afghanistan to support the mujihadeen, which President Ronald Reagan called "freedom fighters". Some of the mujihadeen went on to form the Taliban and al'Qaeda.
Cardiopulmonary arrest is another term for cardiac arrest, when the flow of blood to the heart is slowed because the heart cannont contract correctly. It occurs when your heart and lungs are not working, so your heart is not beating and you are not breathing.
It can be caused by a heart attack, which is when blood flow to the heart stops. It can also be caused by factors such as a stroke or blood loss.
No further details are revealed about Charlie Wilson's death at this time.
He represented Texas from 1973 to 1996 in the House of Representatives and was famously portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 2007 film Charlie Wilson's War.
He was known as 'Good Time Charlie' as he loved a good party.