Jeff Porcaro, drummer for the rock band Toto, died of hardening of the arteries caused by cocaine use--not from an allergic reaction to a pesticide as originally reported, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Thursday,
The 38-year-old rock star fell ill after spraying insecticide in the yard of his Hidden Hills home Aug. 5, and died that evening at Humana Hospital-West Hills.
The band's co-manager, Larry Fitzgerald, said at the time that doctors told him the cause of death may have been a reaction to inhaling the insecticide.
However, an autopsy released Thursday determined that Porcaro died of occlusive coronary artery disease caused by hardening of the arteries because of cocaine use, coroner's spokesman Bob Dambacher said. A toxicology report discovered cocaine and a byproduct of the drug in Porcaro's blood, he said.