Ashley Flowers, the co-host of the Crime Junkie podcast, posted a short message outlining what happened to fellow Crime Junkie host Brit Prawat on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. As Ashley explained, Brit "had a sudden brain bleed," which formed a "brain clot," necessitating several surgeries.
The announcement left fans feeling devastated; many are worried about Brit, who has been in the post-surgery recovery stage for a few months. So, what happened? Will she be back on the Crime Junkie podcast? Here's everything we know. Plus, stick around as we reveal what Brit recently had to say about her health.
'Crime Junkie' podcast host Brit Prawat recently underwent a series of brain surgeries.
The last Crime Junkie podcast episode featuring Brit came out on Monday, May 2, 2022. Titled "Missing: Michelle Eason – Part 2," the episode explores the case of Michelle Eason, a sex worker last seen in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
As Ashley revealed via a four-and-half-minute recording titled "Important Message," Brit must now focus on her health and won't be able to be on the Crime Junkie podcast for the foreseeable future. Ashley said Brit developed a brain bleed, which formed a brain clot. She underwent several operations in the spring of 2022, which were successful.
"I don't even know how to start this, and I feel honestly like my whole world is underwater right now, so I'm just going to tell you what's up, and I'm sorry if it's a little all over the place," Ashley said. "With Brit's permission, she wanted us to share with you what happened this last week. Brit had a sudden brain bleed that led to a clot in her brain, and she had to undergo multiple brain surgeries over the last week."
"She did luckily make it out of each of them. I've been up to see her a couple of times. She is talking, she has some mobility. ... Our Brit is going to be OK, I know she is going to be OK," Ashley continued. "She is still there. She is still herself. She is still a Crime Junkie as ever."
"But she does have a long road ahead of her to physically recover," she added. "At this exact second, I don't know what this means for Crime Junkie. I believe with all my heart that Brit is going to be healthy enough to get back on the mic. I just don't know when that is. ... This show is probably going to sound a little different for a bit."
Brit Prawat addressed her health condition on Sept. 6, 2022.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Brit took to Instagram to address her health; she provided fans with an update on how she's been feeling during her road to recovery.
"I want to thank all of you for your continued support and respect for my privacy over the past several months," Brit wrote. "As most of you know, I suffered a brain bleed requiring two brain surgeries. What I haven’t shared is what likely led to that — I was severely anemic as a result of my alcohol abuse."
Brit continued, "This led to the realization that I needed help. After I was released from the hospital, I entered a treatment program. Today, I am sober — and I plan on staying that way with the support of those around me, including my Crime Junkie family. I can’t wait to be back on the show as soon as I’m ready!"
We're so proud of Brit and the progress she's made; she deserves to be happy and healthy after all she's been through.
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