“HELP ME, I’M DYING!” Bent over in agony, JOHN EDWARDS cried out for assistance during a terrifying heart attack drama – only days after the one-year anniversary of his wife ELIZABETH’s death.
That’s the shocking untold story behind the disgraced politician’s sudden request to postpone his upcoming criminal trial, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.
“John fell apart in front of a pal after returning from a jog and was afraid he’d die,” revealed a close source.
“His heart began pounding and he was having labored breathing. He had many symptoms of a major heart attack, so he asked his friend to rush him to his doctor.”
In documents filed Dec. 22 in a North Carolina federal court and obtained by The ENQUIRER, lawyers claimed the former presidential candidate had “unexpectedly encountered a medical issue” that will make it “extraordinarily difficult” for him to appear in court for his trial, slated to begin Jan. 30.
While the details of his medical situation were filed under seal and cannot be reported to the public, a close friend revealed that Edwards was telling pals he was suffering from “sleep apnea” and “migraine headaches.”
BUT while sources confirm he does have the potentially deadly sleeping disorder, the sudden chest pains and shortness of breath are what spurred a frightened Edwards – who claims a family history of heart disease – to request the delay, say sources.
“John has been very depressed with theupcoming trial and particularly down in the dumps with the holiday season and his young children having to deal with the first anniversary of his wife’s death on Dec. 7,” said the close source.
Under tremendous stress from the impending trial on charges he misused campaign funds to cover up an illicit affair and love child, Edwards had “also been drinking too much,” said the close source.
It all came to a head when he recently went for a short jog near his palatial North Carolina estate and collapsed with chest pains, divulged the insider.
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