January 16, 2008 / 11:15 PM / 10 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.

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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