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Coroner Confirms Dr. Dre’s Son Died of Heroin Overdose

Los Angeles Country coroners have confirmed that the death of Dr. Dre‘s son, Andre Young Jr., was the result of an accidental heroin and morphine overdose.

“Andre Young Jr.’s death has been ruled as an accident due to morphine and heroin intoxication,” media officer Ed Winter told one publication.

The 20-year-old was found in the bedroom of their Woodland Hills, CA, home by his mother, Jenita Porter, on the morning of August 23.

Porter told police that her son had come home at around 5:30 a.m., after having spent the night out with friends, but that she heard him snoring in his bedroom upon his return. Later in the morning, Porter discovered that Young was unconscious, so she called paramedics, who attempted to revive him, to no avail. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dr. Dre has yet to release an official statement since the news of his son’s cause of death was revealed.

Departed Music Personalities

    Freddie Hubbard, Dec. 29: The ‘hard bop’ jazz trumpet legend who worked with greats like John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Art Blakey during his prime died more than a month after suffering a heart attack on Nov. 20. He was 70 years old.

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    Delaney Bramlett, Dec. 27: The accomplished singer, songwriter and producer to such stars as George Harrison and Eric Clapton died at the age of 69 after complications from gallbladder surgery. He’s seen here (right) in 1970 with Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia (left).

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    Eartha Kitt, Dec. 25: The sultry ‘Santa Baby’ songstress who went on to have a long career in music, movies and on stage died on Christmas day after a long battle with colon cancer.

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    Davy Graham, Dec. 15: The folk singer known and respected across the music world for his nimble fingers and innovative use of tuning, died from a seizure in his London home. He was 68, and also had a long battle lung cancer.

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    Odetta, Date Unknown: The singer who became intertwined with the civil rights movement and sang during the 1963 march on Washington died of what her manager says was a heart attack. She was 77.

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    Ralph Joseph “Jody” Reynolds, Nov. 7: The rockabilly singer, whose lone Top 10 hit ‘Endless Sleep’ ushered in a wave of similar songs about teens and tragedy in the late 1950s, died of liver cancer. He was 75.

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    Mitch Mitchell, Nov. 12: The rock durmmer, left, and last surviving member of the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead of apparent natural causes in a Portland hotel room at age 61. The leader of the band overdosed in 1970, while bassist Noel Redding, right, died in 2003.

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    Miriam Makeba, Nov. 10: THe South African singing legend who was banned from her own country for more than 30 years under apartheid died from a heart attack after collapsing on stage in Italy. She was 76.

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    Shakir Stewart, Nov. 1: The Island Def Jam executive who became head of the legendary rap label following Jay-Z’s departure, killed himself on Nov. 1. Police say he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 34 years old.

    Merl Saunders, Oct. 24: The rock and jazz keyboardist who recorded albums with music titans like The Grateful Dead and Miles Davis, died at the age of 74 after complications from a stroke.

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