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Drugs contributed to Jamison death

Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison died of a stroke partly caused by drug use, says the medical report on his autopsy.

He passed away at home in Memphis, Tennessee, in September. He was 63.

It had been believed he’d died of a heart attack, and the Shelby Country medical examiner confirms he was suffering from cardiovascular disease and narrowing of the arteries.

But the report cites the cause of death as a heamorrhagic brain stroke, with “acute methamphetamine intoxication contributing.” His passing was ruled to be an accident.

Jamison joined Survivor in 1984 after David Bickler left. The vocalists had been fronting the band together since last year.

Following his death the band cancelled a run of shows as Bickler explained: “We are devastated by this loss. We trust that our fans will understand our wanting to take some time to mourn and remember our brother.”

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.