Following his tragic and unexpected passing last month, the cause of Memphis grunge rocker Jay Reatard's death has been ruled as a cocaine and alcohol overdose.

The autopsy was performed by Dr Karen E Chancellor, medical examiner for Shelby County, Tennessee, who ruled that Reatard died from "cocain toxicity, and that alcohol was a contributing factor in his death".

Though Reatard was known well for cancelling gigs (two in Dublin in the last year) and getting into fights, in January 2009 he told the Onion AV Club, "I don't even drink alcohol. I haven't for quite a while. I haven't touched drugs or drank alcohol in months." The 29 year old musician had been complaining of "flu like symptoms" in the week before his death, and was found dead at home in his bed in the early hours of January 13th.