Report: Levert's Death Caused By Drug Combo
February 12, 2007 at 5:30 AM (PT)
THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE reports R&B singer GERALD LEVERT's death last fall was an accident caused by a fatal combination of prescription narcotics and over-the-counter drugs, according to the coroner.
The drugs in his bloodstream included the narcotic pain relievers Vicodin, Percocet and Darvocet, along with anxiety medication Xanax and two over-the-counter antihistamines, GEAUGA County Coroner KEVIN CHARTRAND said. The official cause of death was acute intoxication, and the death was ruled accidental.
LEVERT, 40, son of O'JAYS singer EDDIE LEVERT, died NOVEMBER 10 in suburban CLEVELAND.
ANDY GIBSON, a family spokesman, said LEVERT was taking the pain medication because of chronic pain from a lingering shoulder problem and surgery in 2005 to repair a severed Achilles tendon. The autopsy revealed that LEVERT had pneumonia.