Ike Turner Autopsy: Cocaine Overdose?

This is bizarre. A medical coroner attributes Ike Turner's death to a cocaine overdose and finds that his long time cardiovascular disease and emphysema were contributing factors.

Ike Turner was 76 years old. His daughter said,

Turner's daughter, Mia, said she was surprised by the coroner's assessment. She said her father's emphysema was at such an advanced stage that he was on oxygen and extremely weak in the last days of his life.

"He just couldn't—he'd gone at the time of his death four or five days without doing anything, and if he'd done anything, it would have been so minimal," Mia Turner said. "He was too weak from the emphysema to do anything. He'd go in the studio for a couple of minutes and play a couple of bars and say he had to go lay down."

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    Ugh.. reminds me of that coroner (none / 0) (#1)
    by MarkL on Wed Jan 16, 2008 at 07:50:55 PM EST
    from Spokane (yakima?) a few years back---the one who was blaming kids' death on masturbation.
    A 12 year old boy died in a fire, and the coroner said masturbation was the cause of death.

    Why is this bizarre? (none / 0) (#2)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 12:03:14 PM EST
    Apparently the coroner found enough coke in his system such that, in his opinion, the coke, in conjunction with his medical problems, killed him.

    I don't get what the controversy is.

    Don't forget, many people (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 12:10:34 PM EST
    who post here advocate legalization of drugs.  

    I still don't see the connection,. (none / 0) (#4)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 12:23:58 PM EST
    Premise, Turner's systems were shutting (none / 0) (#5)
    by oculus on Thu Jan 17, 2008 at 06:46:02 PM EST
    down anyway, what harm could a little coke do?

    Maybe a doc (none / 0) (#6)
    by Wile ECoyote on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 10:23:34 AM EST
    could answer that question.