The Geauga County coroner said Friday (Oct. 9) that R&B star Gerald Levert’s death was a result of an accident. In the report, the coroner confirmed that the Levert’s death was caused by a combination of over-the-counter and prescription drugs, which was found in his system. The coroner said the drugs included powerful painkillers such as Vicodin and Percocet, and the antidepressants Valium and Xanax were also present in his bloodstream. Coroner Kevin Chartran said that Levert was also suffering from pneumonia at the time of his death in November, which was why he was also taking antihistamines. Levert’s family released the following statement regarding the coroner’s report: “Gerald had several health issues including recovering from a severed Achilles tendon and lingering shoulder pain, among other things, that required him to take prescribed pain medications. We had no idea that this would be the cause of his death. Unfortunately, we can’t turn back the hands of time, for if we could, he may still be with us today. We accept what has been reported and thank all of Gerald’s family, friends and fans for their continual outpouring of love for our loss.”
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