Authorities are giving answers in the death of Nichole Coats.
Now, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has ruled her cause of death as cocaine and ethanol (drinking alcohol) toxicity. No other causes were listed, and her death was ruled an accident. The case is still listed as open.
Using cocaine and alcohol together “can be dangerous,” according to the American Addiction Centers, with the combination “causing cardiotoxic effects and increasing an individual’s risk of a potentially fatal overdose.”
Coats’ body was discovered last month by her father and aunt, who came to check on her after they didn’t hear from the model for a few days, according to local outlet KTLA.
“I couldn’t recognize her,” her aunt May Stevens shared at the time. “I believe it was murder, I really do. One of her legs was up in the air in a kicking position. That’s not somebody who just laid in their bed and died.”