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April 22, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Matt Stevens
Scott Sterling, the 32-year-old son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, died as a result of a pulmonary embolism and  "narcotic medication intake" in what Los Angeles County coroner's officials classified as an accidental death, authorities said Monday. Sterling was found dead in his apartment on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on New Year's night. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials quickly determined his death did not involve foul play but appeared to involve some type of drug overdose.
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April 21, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Julia Roberts is finally publicly addressing the death of her half-sister Nancy Motes, who was found dead in February of an apparent drug overdose. The "August: Osage County" star's family issued a statement soon after Motes' death saying that they were "devastated," but Roberts laid low during the surrounding frenzy. "It's just heartbreak," the actress said, tearing up in an interview with WSJ. Magazine that took place just weeks after her estranged sister's passing.
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February 28, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Philip Seymour Hoffman died accidentally of acute drug intoxication, New York officials announced Friday. Hoffman, an Oscar-winning actor as well as a producer and director, was found in his Manhattan apartment Feb. 2. Drugs, including heroin, were found on the scene. In an email, the office of New York's chief medical examiner confirmed that Hoffman, who had battled addiction, had died from “acute mixed drug intoxication” with substances including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamines.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Nearly a month after the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the office of the chief medical examiner in New York City has released the results of his autopsy. The Oscar-winning actor died of "acute mixed drug intoxication" from a combination of substances including heroin, cocaine, amphetamine and benzodiazepines (prescription medication used to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizures, among other afflictions), it was announced Friday. The medical examiner's office ruled the death an accident.  The official news that Hoffman died of a drug overdose confirms what became evident in the hours after his death on Feb 2., when his body was found in a rented apartment in Manhattan's West Village.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2009 | Chris Lee
Celebrity disc jockey and Los Angeles club owner Adam Goldstein -- better known by his professional alias, DJ AM -- died of an overdose of cocaine and prescription drugs, the New York medical examiner ruled Tuesday. "The cause of death was accidental drug overdose due to the combined effects of cocaine, Vicodin, oxycodone, Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and levamisole," said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the New York medical examiner. Levamisole is a medication drug dealers cut cocaine with prior to selling it on the street.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
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December 28, 1991 | Associated Press
Gov. David Walters' 20-year-old son has died, 11 days after taking an overdose of a prescription drug, a hospital spokesman said Friday. Shaun David Walters died Thursday night at Baptist Medical Center, where he had been in a coma since last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1995
A Pacific Palisades doctor found dead last month in the pool house of the Bel-Air home of prominent film producer Don Simpson died of an accidental drug overdose, a county coroner spokesman said Monday. Toxicology tests indicate that Stephen W. Ammerman, 44, died Aug. 15 from multiple drug intoxication after taking cocaine, morphine, Valium and an antidepressant drug called Venlafaxine.
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August 12, 1995 | From Associated Press
When guards found Robert Brecheen groggy from a drug overdose in his cell, they rushed him to a hospital and had his stomach pumped. Then they brought him back to prison, strapped him on a gurney and executed him. "Certainly, there's irony," said Larry Fields, director of Oklahoma's Corrections Department. "But we're bound by the law, the same law that he violated." Under a 1986 U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1992
A Mission Hills woman who police said dragged a man out of a motor home after injecting him with a fatal drug overdose was arrested on suspicion of murder early Wednesday, authorities said. Patricia Sue Graisa, 39, was held without bail following the death of the 40-year-old man, whose name was withheld pending notification of his relatives, Lt. Thomas Maeweather said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Julia Roberts' sister was found dead Sunday in the bathtub of a Westside home, and law enforcement sources said there is no evidence of foul play. Los Angeles County coroner's officials cautioned that they have made no final determination on the cause of death. But law enforcement sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said some type of drug overdose might have been involved. Nancy Motes, a younger half-sister of the Oscar-winning actress, was found by a friend at a home on North Bundy Drive about 2 p.m. Sunday, according to police.  An autopsy was conducted Monday, but a final determination of cause of death may take several weeks while toxicology results are gathered.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The cause of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's death remained a mystery Wednesday after an autopsy proved inconclusive, officials said. The New York City medical examiner's office said any ruling on the cause would have to wait for toxicology tests. It is unknown how long that will take, spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said. "Our examination has been concluded, but the results are inconclusive," Bolcer said. "We are awaiting results and additional studies. " Police have said Hoffman, 46, appeared to die from a drug overdose.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Theater Critic
As a theater actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman commanded a pile-driving force. He didn't start softly and build. He came out of the blocks in a fury and steadily ratcheted up to an apoplectic finish. Writing in the Village Voice about his performance as Konstantin, the suicidal young writer in Mike Nichols' 2001 Public Theater production of Chekhov's “The Seagull” in Central Park with Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman, I compared him to “a jackhammer in an orchestra of tinkling triangles.” The relentless intensity of Hoffman's brand of stage acting could take some getting used to. Reviewing a revival of Richard Greenberg's “The Author's Voice” for Variety in 1999, I was impressed by the ferocity of Hoffman's “vividly creepy” Kafkaesque performance as the id-like title character, but I found his performance to be somewhat monolithic, a tendency that was more apparent in his theatrical work than in his movie roles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the most acclaimed character actors and ambitious performers of his generation, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose inside his New York apartment on Sunday, police said. He was 46. A business associate discovered Hoffman in his bathroom with a needle stuck in his left forearm at about 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, police said. Two glassine envelopes containing what was thought to be heroin were near his body, and five empty envelopes were found in the trash, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle
San Bernardino County officials said Tuesday they would investigate the Ecstasy-related death of a 22-year-old man who collapsed while attending a government-approved rave concert in September. A county spokesman said the officials were unaware of the death of Arrel Christopher Cochon until after The Times reported on it late Monday. The Los Angeles City College student was the third person since 2006 to die of a drug overdose after attending a San Bernardino-area rave staged by Insomniac Inc., a Times review of coroner records shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2013 | By Robert Hilburn
Johnny Cash's life in the 1960s is mostly remembered as a time of glorious achievement - from the landmark prison albums at Folsom and San Quentin to the launch of the ABC-TV series featuring such guests as Bob Dylan and the Doors that led to his becoming a giant figure in popular culture, a symbol to millions, no less, of the best of American social values. But Cash also experienced excruciatingly dark times in the decade, fueled by drugs and guilt over the breakup of his marriage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1990
A 31-year-old Mira Mesa man's death in October while in police custody has been attributed by the district attorney's office to a drug overdose. In a report to the San Diego chief of police after a five-month investigation, Dist. Atty. Edwin Miller said that Kourush Kamyaran's death was caused by "acute cocaine intoxication." "We have reviewed the investigative reports and materials. . . . We conclude that Kamyaran died of natural causes associated with use of cocaine," Miller said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1988 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
A transient who was living in his car until an Arleta woman took him in two years ago was ordered Tuesday to stand trial in her death. San Fernando Municipal Judge James E. Satt said there was enough evidence at a preliminary hearing to try Marshall Deerwester, 24, in the Oct. 11 death of Retha Terry, 73, of Arleta.
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