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Funk star had taken 9 drugs.

FUNK star Rick James had a mixture of nine drugs in his body when he died - despite his record label saying it was due to "natural causes".

His death last month - at 56 from a heart attack in his sleep - was ruled "accidental" two days ago by Los Angeles coroner David Campbell.

He said crystal methamphetamine and cocaine were in his system.

Other drugs found were Xanax, Valium, Chlorpheniramine, Wellbutrin, Celexa, Vicodin and Digoxin.

No single drug was in lethal quantities, so the death was ruled accidental. But Dr Campbell said the drugs may have brought on the heart attack.

James, who claimed to have kicked drugs, was seen using cocaine at a Hollywood party days before he died.

The musician had a stroke in 1998 after a history of crack cocaine abuse. Smokey Robinson called James "the original R&B rock star".
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 18, 2004
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