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Rock 'n' Roll star 'died of drug overdose'.

SAN DIEGO: US rock 'n' roll pioneer Ike Turner's death last month at age 76 was caused by a cocaine overdose, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office said.

"We are listing that he abused cocaine, and that's what resulted in the cocaine toxicity," said Paul Parker, chief investigator at the medical examiner's office.

The office also listed hypertensive cardiovascular disease and pulmonary emphysema as "significant and contributing factors" to Turner's death.

Turner, whose musical accomplishments were overshadowed by his image as the man who brutally abused former wife Tina Turner, died on December 12 last year after years of drug abuse. He was jailed in 1989 and served 17 months.

Turner once said he originally began using drugs to stay awake and handle the rigours of nonstop touring during his glory years.

"My experience, man, with drugs - I can't say that I'm proud that I did drugs, but I'm glad I'm still alive to convey how I came through," he said.

"I'm a good example that you can go to the bottom. ... I used to pray, 'God, if you let me get three days clean, I will never look back.' But I never did get to three days. You know why? Because I would lie to myself. And then only when I went to jail, man, did I get those three days."

But while he would readily admit to drug abuse, Turner always denied abusing his ex-wife.

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