Levert, 40, son of O’Jays singer Eddie Levert, died Nov. 10 in his suburban Cleveland home. Drugs in his bloodstream included narcotic pain relievers Vicodin, Percocet and Darvocet along with anxiety medication Xanax and two over-the-counter antihistamines, Geauga County Coroner Kevin Chartrand said.
Chartrand said his office received a report Thursday from the Cuyahoga County coroner’s office, which conducted the autopsy. The official cause of death was acute intoxication, and the death was ruled accidental.
The autopsy also revealed that Levert had pneumonia, he said.
Andy Gibson, a family spokesman, said Levert lived with chronic pain from a lingering shoulder problem and surgery in 2005 to repair a severed Achilles tendon. “That was the main reason he was taking pain medication,” Gibson said. He said Levert also took Xanax for anxiety attacks.
Levert had returned from a concert tour in South Africa about a week before his death, Gibson said. He performed hard and had a long airplane ride and was complaining of a bite on his back when he returned home.
All of these factors combined to leave Levert in severe pain, Gibson said.
The combination of drugs proved to be lethal and probably stopped Levert’s breathing, Chartrand said.
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