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Cocaine Found in Entwistle's Body

Coroner says drug contributed to Who bassist's death

July 26, 2002 12:00 AM ET

Who bassist John Entwistle, who died of a heart attack on June 27th in Las Vegas, was discovered to have cocaine in his system.

According to a new statement by Nevada's Clark County coroner Ron Flud, a "significant amount of cocaine" was discovered in Entwistle's system precipitating the fatal heart attack. The cocaine caused a contraction of coronary arteries already damaged by heart disease -- a condition for which Entwistle, who was fifty-seven, had been taking medication.

Entwistle and the Who were in Las Vegas for the opening of the band's three-month tour, which was scheduled to begin the next day, and was found dead in his bed at the Hard Rock Hotel.

The Who have continued the tour with replacement bassist Pino Palladino and are scheduled to play tonight in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

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