ATLANTA, GA - The phony nurse who injected an Atlanta woman with silicone butt implants, resulting in her death, died Sunday in a Mississippi prison. Authorities say that Tracy Lynn Garner, 58, died less than four years into a life sentence for depraved heart murder in the 2012 death of Karima Gordon, 37. Garner was convicted of posing as a doctor and using a silicone-like substance in an unlicensed cosmetic procedure that caused Gordon to develop blood clots.
Garner was convicted in 2014 of depraved heart murder after Gordon died eight days after receiving the illicit butt injections from Garner in Jackson, Mississippi. Authorities say Gordon became ill within half an hour of receiving the shot from Garner, and died in an Atlanta hospital of a blood clot in her lung a few days after the procedure.
Gordon's friend Angelina Barber, who traveled with her to Jackson, testified that she and Gordon believed Garner was a nurse. A nursing home administrator testified that Garner had been a cook at the facility, where she wore scrubs, The Washington Post reports.
"Karima was strikingly beautiful but this insatiable desire to improve her outward appearance took her life," the Karima Gordon Foundation says on its website. "Everyday more cases are reported of women endangering their lives through body enhancement procedures."
The foundation launched after Gordon's death says it educates
women on the dangers of black market cosmetic procedures. "Our focus is to prepare women educationally, socially and intellectually to reach their highest potential."
At Garner's murder trial, an investigator testified that Gordon's family told police she had received two or three butt injections at another location before visiting Garner in Jackson.
"I still think I will wake up from a bad dream," Gordon's mother, Anna Gordon, wrote on the foundation's website about the death of her daughter.
Garner was taken from the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death, USA Today reports.
Despite Gordon's death, other Georgia women have continued the fatal beauty practice. Lateasha Hall, an Atlanta drag performer, died in November 2015 after having just undergone buttocks surgery. The medical examiner found silicone in Hall's liver, kidney, heart, brain and spleen.
And in a similar procedure, a North Carolina man was indicted on nine charges of receiving and selling industrial grade silicone, but representing to customers that it was medical grade silicone. Prince George's County, Maryland authorities say Vinnie Taylor was at a Capitol Heights hotel on March 20, 2014, where he gave a woman silicone injections. She became ill and later died at a local hospital, Patch earlier reported.