What is up with the old men and the toot? We’ve got George Clinton getting busted in December with cocaine and a crack pipe, and now the chief medical examiner for Kalamazoo County has told the Kalamazoo Gazette that Bobby Hatfield’s death was triggered by acute cocaine intoxication:
- Hatfield, 63, died Nov. 5 just hours before a Righteous Brothers concert. He and his partner, Bill Medley, had hits like “Unchained Melody,” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.”
“This is a shock to me,” Medley told The Orange County (Calif.) Register from his Newport Beach, Calif., home. “I never saw him (use cocaine). I knew absolutely nothing about it. If I had known, I would have said something to him.”
An initial autopsy found Hatfield had advanced coronary disease. A heart attack due to the disease was listed on Hatfield’s death certificate.
However, Tooker said a final cause of death was not determined until after toxicology reports were completed. The death certificate will be changed to reflect cocaine as the cause of death, he said.
Tooker’s office received the report of cocaine intoxication on Dec. 24, but he asked for the information to be released after the holidays out of respect to Hatfield’s family. [AP]
This makes me very, very sad. Cocaine is dangerous for some at any age in any amount, but in a 63 year-old man with heart disease? It’s called suicide.