Survivor Frontman's Autopsy Reveals Drugs Played A Factor In Death

By Brent McCluskey 11/13/14

Jimi Jamison's death was "partially" caused by methamphetamine use.

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Methamphetamine abuse played a role in Survivor singer Jimi Jamison’s death, according to the recent autopsy results.

On August 31, Jamison, 63, passed away from a stroke. He suffered from severe blockage in his coronary arteries, which ultimately led to a hemorrhagic stroke of his brain. But according to the coroner, acute methamphetamine intoxication was also a determining factor.

“Because meth was determined to be a contributor, and the circumstances leading up to the death were not suspicious, the coroner rules Jamison’s death as an accident,” according to the coroner’s report.

Jamison, who is best known for hits like Burning Heart and Is This Love, supported various charities throughout his career, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Jamison continued giving back up until the very end and had even performed with his band at a cancer benefit in California the night before he passed away in his Memphis home.

Jamison is survived by three children and one grandchild. “Jimi was a friend to everyone he met. He was a loving father and a grandfather and was always a person who valued people more than anything else,” Jamison’s family wrote.

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Brent McCluskey is a Social Media Editor at International Business Times as well as a Jedi with Sith tendencies.  He is also a reader of books, slayer of dragons, and level 80 mage.

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