Reader Kirk G. tipped us to a Memphis Commercial Appeal report that quotes Shelby County Medical Examiner Karen E. Chancellor as saying Jay Reatard died last month from “cocaine toxicity, and that alcohol was a contributing factor in his death.”

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  1. I certainly hope nobody was naive enough to expect something else.

    • of course that was my initial thought, but why would the police even mention that they were investigating a possible homicide and potential suspect if there wasn’t SOMETHING behind that? that’s not something that is tossed around lightly.

      not sure if this makes it better or worse…..it’s just sad. RIP Jay

      Hammer, I MIss You
      Oh, It’s Such a Shame
      Death is Forming Death is Forming Death is Forming Forming Death Forming Death Forming Death
      etc etc etc

      • I was wondering the same thing, they investigated it as a homicide, but they made it very public, even allowing people to call a number if they had any tips leading to his death. Sad as it is, it makes sense, alot of musicians die this way..

      • poe  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

        I remember someone on here familiar with the process of homicide investigations had written that they do so as a formality based on the time of death, so there really wasn’t much worth reading into it from the very beginning.

  2. ahh  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    I wonder why they used a picture of Jay at his thinnest?

    • artimusmaximus  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

      I kno rite. What a rare picture, he was (hate saying that) a f—in’ big dude.

      • Thomas Wincek  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

        You guys are catty, superficial assholes. If Jay was “fat” to you, you should get back to reading the tabloid blogs and caring about Octomom or whatever. Fucking pricks.

        • Catty, superficial assholes huh? Homeboy could be a catty-ass motherfucker himself and OD’d on a drug heavily cut for superficial assholes. Regardless, dude should have known better to mix an 8 ball with a bottle of Jack. That shit cancels each other out so you just keep putting it back til you wind up checking out early. Case in point. He just lost the game. And the sympathy vote.

        • Mf McNutt  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

          Relax ? He was overweight. They are stating fact, not making a value judgement.

      • Marti Deberg  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

        He’s probably a lot thinner by now.

  3. anon  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    2/3 of cocaine in the US is laced with a poison called Levamisole that destroys the immune system.

  4. Slyvester  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    To the second poster – I did not jump to any conclusions, he might have had a medical condition that was not widely known. Also, didn’t they just say it was the homicide division handling the case, not that it was being trreated as one…not sure how those things work, guess it depend on the police dept.

    • they mentioned a potential suspect though. from my experience, the police don’t release statements to the public saying they’re investigating a homicide and they have suspects unless they’re pretty damn sure it’s a homicide. probably just blogs jumping over the story and twisting facts though.

    • It’s all precaution. Just because the homicide division investigates this 1st doesn’t mean that its a homicide. They review the facts and circumstances involved because he DID die mysteriously and with no pre-existing medical conditions or history on-file, they don’t want to bury him just to find out that he had enemies, he threatened someone or somebody threatened him, or he was involved in an altercation. I don’t how long this has been protocol but it’s fairly recent procedure and this kind of “pre-cautious” investigating mostly occurs in the bigger cities.

  5. LA  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    Damn. Some peeps cant handle the party…

  6. asdad  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    …and then the party handles them!

  7. I didn’t want it to be that, but I wasn’t surprised either.

  8. ahh  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    tabloid: A newspaper of small format giving the news in condensed form.

    Dude, you’re reading a tabloid.

  9. Josh  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    What a reatard.

  10. VIncent Gallo  |   Posted on Feb 3rd, 2010 0

    yawn.

  11. Cocaine+Alcohol=Cocaethylene=badnews

    • yeah, but Ive never actually seen someone doing coke that wasnt also drinking. At least you know thats what people tell me.

  12. Cerebus  |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2010 0

    While I understand his death is technically an overdose, and I’m not judging the individual choices of any person (so long as you understand you live and die by those decisions), it is still technically a homicide. Somebody had to sell, give, bring etc the cocaine to him. It’s possible that by publicly opening an investigation and asking people to call they were hoping to get information to that affect. Not very likely, but possible.

    • joe  |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2010 0

      That’s like saying if someone drives their car off a bridge, the car salesman murdered them. I think you need to look up the definition of homicide.

      • Cerebus  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2010 0

        Seriously, I think you missed the point of my post entirely while trying to sound intelligent yourself. All drug sales are illegal (duh!). This drug dealer killed somebody, which is negligent homicide (at least, if not just plain murder). If you think drug dealers haven’t previously been prosecuted for killing people with their product you’re extremely confused and need to do some “looking up” yourself. Regardless, the point of my post was two-fold. One, I’m not judging him or the drug dealer. We all make our own choices and then we live and die by them. Two, it’s possible that the police had some sort of lead or tip regarding how he died and who helped him reach that end long before they announced it to the public. In order to follow up on said lead and/or catch somebody they opened a phone line and asked for info. Again, nowhere near the first time this has been done by law enforcement (and it often yields results).

    • Geoff  |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2010 0

      Unless that person tied him down and forced coke up his nose with a straw, it’s not “technically” a homicide in any way. Zack Morris and the gang said it very succinctly back in the day: “There’s NO HOPE with DOPE!”

  13. andy  |   Posted on Feb 4th, 2010 0

    called it. seriously who didnt see that coming. i think its so funny when people become parodies of themselves before they even accomplish anything

  14. did anyone not call that?

  15. Sal Paradise  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2010 0

    I saw the sun rise a few too many times on that yipper. Makes me grateful to still be here. R.I.P. Jay. @ andy 12:01PM – saying he didn’t accomplish anything is bullshit. What the fuck have you done?

    • Perspective  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2010 0

      Just playing devil’s advocate here but andy 12:01pm is still alive and living life, and to me that’s more of an accomplishment than anything. I’m not sure about everyone else, but given the choice of becoming a rock star dead before their 30th birthday due to drugs or being just your average person who grows old, has a “normal” life and whose name is only recognized by friends and family, I’d choose the latter.

      • bubbleboy  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2010 0

        @Perspective, of course you would choose the latter, the normal life – that’s why you’re here commenting on a forum about someone who never accomplished anything (ironic?) vs. blazing a trail of life the likes of which few others would/will ever experience. A normal life is about as appealing as passing a kidney stone. Lock yourself in a bubble and hide from the world outside and you’ll likely achieve your great accomplishment. Try something new and get carried away every now and then and you’ll still likely live to reach your elderly dream, you’ll just have something interesting to share with the others in the home when you get there. Free will is what makes us human. Don’t judge other people’s choices. How could you ever begin to imagine/understand why someone takes the path and makes the decisions they make. You cant. I bet Jay lived exactly the life he wanted to live and then some.

  16. GA  |   Posted on Feb 5th, 2010 0

    He died of cocaine toxicity NOT overdose. There is a difference. But none of that matters. He rocked for 10 years. Toured more than anyone I know and played the best shows i’ve ever seen with the Lost Sounds, Angry Angles, etc. RIP J. Lindsey

  17. Joe  |   Posted on Feb 6th, 2010 0

    I didn’t give a fuck before, or after, this revelation…..

  18. Denny  |   Posted on Feb 7th, 2010 0

    Awesome musician, it is a shame he passed away

  19. trav  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2010 0

    all that “chasing the dragon” wasn’t forced. not a homicide. see john belushi’s death. Cathy Smith received 15 months in prison for administering the fatal shot. nerdtards.

  20. Benjamin  |   Posted on Feb 9th, 2010 0

    If you really think the drug dealer killed him, then you’re an idiot.

  21. starlceaner  |   Posted on Feb 15th, 2010 0

    It is just a shame that he checked out at an early age. I guess i really do not recallany artist having teh early siccess and prolific nature that Jimmy did. He made ALLOT of music ALLOT of music in his short life, 10 years rolls by before you know it, so that is not a long time, but in his life it was because it was like half his life as a grown person.
    cocaine has taken it’s tol on many many people, lookat Shannon Hoon and Belushi and Chris farley, amny people, and there are teh ones we wil never know about. It sucks. i wonder who saw him alive last and or if he just died alone, At any rate, I think his music was original and very simple, well done, he coudl write a melody that staye dwith you, and I think allot of his music had a sense of humour. I am not sure i woudl cal te guy FAT? he seemed to be thin, medium and then chuibby at times, and I think he had a fuller face, but his body was pretty regular? skinny legs and little as, etc.. not a fat guy, Now Steve Pope could loose a few pounds, he is so funny.
    I wil Miss jay Reatard, shit it is such a sad sad waste. I guess that shit juist finally got him, odd though,, think of peple like Courtneyt Love that are around forever and have done truck loads of every drug you can think of, or Eric Lcapton who beat heroin, Carlos Santanna, lots of people beat that shit and used for many more years that jay,
    too bad we had to ” watch him Fall” form such an “ugly Deat” that shit…”it ain’t gonna save ( me) him..
    he won’t be waiting for something, anymore.
    peace Jay, love you and Rest In Punk.
    a real indiviual.

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