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|Zach|
09-16-2004, 11:44 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/Music/09/16/rick.james.reut/index.html

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Flamboyant funk musician Rick James had nine drugs in his system when he died suddenly in August, including cocaine, methamphetamine, valium and vicodin, according to a coroner's report Thursday.

James, 56, died in his sleep on August 6 in his Los Angeles home of a heart attack, but the drugs in his system likely contributed to the organ's failure, the report said.

James, best known for his 1981 hit "Super Freak," suffered from diabetes, had a pacemaker and had been in fragile health after a stroke in 1998. He had been hooked on crack cocaine and once proclaimed himself an "icon of drug use and eroticism."

His family attributed his death to natural causes, but the Los Angeles County coroner took over the case because James had not seen a doctor in recent weeks. An autopsy failed to establish the cause and toxicology tests were ordered.

The coroner listed nine drugs, including prescription medications for anxiety, pain relief and heart failure, along with cocaine and methamphetamine that were found in James's body.

"None of the drugs or drug combinations were found to be at levels that were life-threatening in and of themselves," the report said. It gave the cause of death as a heart attack and ruled the death accidental.

James, who received a lifetime achievement award in June, had recently finished recording an album and was in talks with Hollywood studios for a movie about his life.

KcMizzou
09-16-2004, 11:47 PM
I doubt this is surprising to anyone.

"cocaine, methamphetamine, valium and vicodin,"

upper, upper, downer, downer..... That's a bad mix.

Rausch
09-16-2004, 11:51 PM
I doubt this is surprising to anyone.

"cocaine, methamphetamine, valium and vicodin,"

upper, upper, downer, downer..... That's a bad mix.

That's suicide... :shake:

ENDelt260
09-16-2004, 11:54 PM
I doubt this is surprising to anyone.

"cocaine, methamphetamine, valium and vicodin,"

upper, upper, downer, downer..... That's a bad mix.

Bah. If it wasn't for vicodin, how would I get to sleep after a night of doing blow?

Count Alex's Losses
09-16-2004, 11:55 PM
I wonder what his last words were? :D

KcMizzou
09-16-2004, 11:57 PM
I wonder what his last words were? :D Ah hell..lol Don't go there...

Psyko Tek
09-17-2004, 12:02 AM
just ran a quick search ..
and elvis had 14, including 10 times the normal dosage of codeine and toxic levels of methaqualone (ludes).

KcMizzou
09-17-2004, 12:07 AM
Bah. If it wasn't for vicodin, how would I get to sleep after a night of doing blow? Around six hours of staring at the wall and thinking "God... I really need to get some sleep."?

KCJake
09-17-2004, 12:07 AM
"Im Rick James B!tch" Sorry, couldn't help myself STFU

KcMizzou
09-17-2004, 12:08 AM
"Im Rick James B!tch" Sorry, couldn't help myself STFU bastard

stanleychief
09-17-2004, 12:10 AM
Are they sure these drugs weren't leftovers just hanging out in his system from the 80's? "Cocaine's a helluva drug!" :p

Joe Seahawk
09-17-2004, 12:11 AM
His girlfriend however, just stuck with the cocaine only..

http://www.teampartydown.com/photos/MD20040829/MD20040829_26.jpg

SBK
09-17-2004, 12:11 AM
I wonder what his last words were? :D

Cough....Cocaine is a helluva drug!

stanleychief
09-17-2004, 12:12 AM
His girlfriend however, just stuck with the cocaine only..

http://www.teampartydown.com/photos/MD20040829/MD20040829_26.jpg

She's hot in a scary... Steven King sort of way. I'd hit it. :thumb:

KcMizzou
09-17-2004, 12:14 AM
She's hot in a scary... Steven King sort of way. I'd hit it. :thumb: She'd be wild in the sack...

KcMizzou
09-17-2004, 12:21 AM
ROFL you win, 'Delt. That fugged with my head for a minute...

Jenson17
09-17-2004, 12:26 AM
Only nine? Damn, that doesn't even qualify him for workin' at the Clinton White House, back in the day.

mikey23545
09-17-2004, 03:09 AM
Nine drugs?...It'll probably still be a while before he realizes he's dead...

Fairplay
09-17-2004, 03:19 AM
That news doesn't surprise me. I still don't understand why someone would want to do meth where you stay up for days on end.

go bowe
09-17-2004, 03:23 AM
That news doesn't surprise me. I still don't understand why someone would want to do meth where you stay up for days on end.meth is one of those drugs that after awhile, you need to do it just to get normal...

addiction is a bitch...

the Talking Can
09-17-2004, 04:40 AM
James, best known for his 1981 hit "Super Freak,".....


true, but shouldn't he be best known for kidnapping a chick and burning her with a hot crack pipe?

Otter
09-17-2004, 05:56 AM
We Landed on the Moon!!!!

just shawn
09-17-2004, 07:12 AM
or is he best known for bitch slapping Charlie Murphey :$2500:

Braincase
09-17-2004, 09:17 AM
She'd be wild in the sack...

"I'm your biggest fan."

jcroft
09-17-2004, 09:22 AM
I *heart* vicodin.

HC_Chief
09-17-2004, 09:24 AM
"Cocaine is one hulluva drug!"

shaneo69
09-17-2004, 09:35 AM
just ran a quick search ..
and elvis had 14, including 10 times the normal dosage of codeine and toxic levels of methaqualone (ludes).

Yeah, and the surprising thing is that he's still alive today.

jcroft
09-17-2004, 09:37 AM
Yeah, and the surprising thing is that he's still alive today.

Hah! Nice one. :)

Scaga
09-17-2004, 09:42 AM
Rick James.????
On drugs???

Shocking! :rolleyes:

Demonpenz
09-17-2004, 11:23 AM
see this is why i try to burn my bitch as many times as I can with my crack pipe, you just never know when your gunna die

Brando
09-17-2004, 11:26 AM
Welcome to the China Club Ching-da-Chang-da-Ching-Chong-Ching

Ebolapox
09-17-2004, 11:27 AM
I'm sorry, charlie murphy

-Rick James' corpse-

BIG_DADDY
09-17-2004, 11:39 AM
His family attributed his death to natural causes ROFL

Brando
09-17-2004, 11:44 AM
His family attributed his death to natural causes

Natural causes? If you live in the Raider Nation I suppose.