Autopsy Shows Buckley Was Sober At Time Of Death

June 17, 1997 12:00 AM ET

An autopsy report from the Shelby County, Tenn.'s medical examiner's office has listed the death of singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley as accidental drowning. A drug test performed by the coroner came back negative and listed Buckley's blood alcohol level below that of the legal intoxication level. Buckley's body washed up on shore two weeks ago in Memphis after a week-long search. The singer disappeared May 29 after he went swimming in the Mississippi River.

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