January 16, 2008 / 11:15 PM / 11 years ago

Ike Turner death ruled cocaine overdose

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rock-and-roll pioneer Ike Turner, who was found dead last month, died of an accidental cocaine overdose, the San Diego County medical examiner said on Wednesday.

Musician Ike Turner poses for photographers at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in this February 11, 2007 file photo. The San Diego County Medical Examiners Office announced January 16, 2008, that Turner's December 12, 2007 death was caused by an accidental overdose of cocaine. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files

Turner, 76, was found dead on December 12 at his home in San Marcos in San Diego County. He had a history of cocaine addiction stretching back more than 30 years.

Turner was considered one of the founding fathers of rock music, but his run-ins with the law and a messy marriage to R&B singer Tina Turner shadowed his musical achievements.

Reporting by Justin Kroll

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