Coroner's office: Buggs death due to cocaine use

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Posted: May 21, 2010 10:58 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Ed Buggs, Baton Rouge, Television, Radio, East Baton Rouge Coroner

Former television and radio newscaster Ed Buggs died due to long-term use of cocaine according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office.

Don Moreau, Chief Investigator with the coroner’s office says the cause of death was due to a aortic disruption due to cocaine toxicity. Buggs did have levels of cocaine in his system at the time of his death.

Moreau says the cocaine caused a spike in blood pressure and caused his aorta to tear and that blocked the blood to his heart. He also said that Buggs’ heart also showed signs of prior damage due to the use of cocaine.

Buggs died May 4th at the age of 55.

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