Memphis rocker Jay Reatard's cause of death announced
The autopsy results for acclaimed indie-rocker Jay Reatard, who was found dead in his Memphis home on January 13, were released today, revealing that the 29-year-old Matador Records signee died of “cocaine toxicity, and that alcohol was a contributing factor in his death,” according to Shelby County Medical Examiner Dr. Karen E. Chancellor.
Many notable names in the music industry, among them Beck, the Pixies, and Britt Daniel of Spoon, mourned his loss; the wildly prolific Reatard (born Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr.) released countless full-lengths, EPs and one-offs in his career, beginning when he was just 15. Matador tells EW that there are no immediate plans to release any material posthumously.
Watch him below in the video for “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me,” from last year’s excellent Watch Me Fall:
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