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Friday, September 17

Superfreak, indeed

From E! Online:

By Charlie Amter

Rick James may have died of "natural causes," as his label announced the day after his death, but a Los Angeles county coroner's report released Thursday confirms the singer's last few days may have been anything but homeopathic. The coroner's office officially ruled James' Aug. 6 death "accidental," but also noted that no fewer than nine drugs were found in his system, including methamphetamine and cocaine.

As E! exclusively reported Aug. 7, James was spotted just days prior to his death at a Hollywood party using cocaine, and many of his friends privately were concerned that the former "Superfreak" was back to his partying ways before his untimely death. James and his family had maintained that the R&B/funk star successfully kicked his cocaine habit and was sober after years spent battling a crack addiction.

In addition to cocaine and crystal meth, the Los Angeles county coroner's report noted the presence of seven other drugs found during the autopsy--specifically Xanax, Valium, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Digoxin, Chlorpheniramine and Vicodin. No single drug was found in quantities that would establish lethal quantities, hence the accidental death ruling. The singer's official cause of death remains heart attack, according to the coroner's office. The 56-year-old had been suffering from several health issues, including diabetes, a stroke in 1998 and heart-related problems in recent years.

In ADDITION TO cocaine and crystal meth? What the Fuck?

Having taken 6 out of the nine, individually (no, I have not done coke or meth), any ONE of these is enough to fucking knock me silly. Vicodin made me violently ill, Celexa made me want to hang myself, and Wellbutrin made me want to sleep 24 hours a day. Xanax is pretty special, though.

Sorry, Doc. It was NO accident that all nine of these were in his system at once. I would NOT consider his demise accidental. But then again, this isn't LA.