Coroner: Ike Turner Died of Cocaine Overdose

01/16/2008 at 06:40 PM EST

Coroner: Ike Turner Died of Cocaine Overdose
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Music legend Ike Turner died of a cocaine overdose, the San Diego medical examiner’s office confirmed Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The R&B music pioneer and ex-husband of Tina Turner was 76 when he died Dec. 12 at his home in San Marcos, Calif. The coroner’s report lists the cause of Turner’s death as “cocaine toxicity.”

Turner, whose volatile relationship with his wife was chronicled in her autobiography and the movie What’s Love Got to Do With It? had struggled with drug addiction since the mid-1970s.

Married four times and the father of four children, Turner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
Gerri Miller

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