The medical examiner has ruled that Ike Turner’s death was the result of a cocaine overdose, and that hypertensive and cardiovascular disease and pulmonary emphysema were significant and contributing factors.
“We are listing that he abused cocaine, and that’s what resulted in the cocaine toxicity,”The medical examiner’s office also listed hypertensive cardiovascular disease and pulmonary emphysema as “significant and contributing factors” to Turner’s death, Parker 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.”
She said she had not yet spoken to her father’s doctors about to coroner’s findings.