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Rap figure's son, 20, found dead

August 27, 2008|Andrew Blankstein and Chris Lee

Rap impresario Dr. Dre's 20-year-old son was found dead over the weekend at the family's Woodland Hills home, coroner's officials said.

Andre R. Young Jr. had been out with friends the night before and was discovered in his bed by his mother at 10:24 a.m. Saturday, Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said.

"She found him unresponsive and called paramedics," Winter said, adding that an autopsy had been completed but that determination of the cause of death was deferred pending the outcome of a "gamut of tests, including toxicology."

Andre Young Sr., professionally known as Dr. Dre, released a statement to the media through a representative.

"Dr. Dre is mourning the loss of his son Andre Young Jr. Please respect his family's grief and privacy at this time," his publicist, Lori Earl, said in the statement.

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