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Death of a Super Freak

Funk legend Rich James died on Friday, and they still don’t know what caused his death.

Funk legend Rick James’ death remains a mystery after a post-mortem examination failed to determine the cause.

James, 56, died in his sleep on Friday at his home near Universal City, in Los Angeles.

His three children, daughter Ty and sons Rick Jr. and Tazman, said they believed he died of heart failure.

David Smith, investigator of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, told the Associated Press agency they were awaiting results of a toxicology test.

Mr Smith said it could be several weeks before the results were known.

The singer, who was diabetic and had a pacemaker, also had a history of cocaine addiction that led him to two assault convictions in the 1990s and a two-year stretch in prison.

I think the mystery here is how he lived so long.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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