Autopsy results released Wednesday morning (February 3) reveal that Memphis garage punk [artist id="2021208"]Jay Reatard[/artist] died from a lethal mixture of cocaine and alcohol.
According to a statement from the Shelby County medical examiner, Reatard — whose real name was Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr. — died due to “cocaine toxicity, and alcohol was a contributing factor in his death.”
Reatard was found dead in his Memphis home in the early hours of January 13. He was 29 years old. An icon in the local music scene since he was just 15, Reatard fronted the punk act the Reatards and the synth-aided the Lost Sounds before setting out on his own with the 2006 album Blood Visions. He signed with iconic New York indie label Matador Records in 2008 and released a string of singles, and last year, he put out the full-length Watch Me Fall.
At the time of his death, Matador released a statement that read, “We are devastated by the death of Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., a.k.a. Jay Reatard. Jay was as full of life as anyone we’ve ever met, and responsible for so many memorable moments as a person and artist. We’re honored to have known and worked with him, and we will miss him terribly.”
Days after he was found dead, Reatard was remembered by his fellow musicians , and a public memorial service at Memphis’ Memorial Park Funeral Home was reportedly attended by more than 300 mourners. One of his trademark Gibson Flying-V guitars hung behind his coffin during the service.