Earlier this morning, The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Jay Reatard's hometown newspaper, reported that the cause of his death last month has now been determined. As suspected and widely feared, Reteard's life was evidently cut short by his hard-living lifestyle.
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Drugs and booze, it seems, are indeed responsible for claiming the life of one of the brightest and most compelling artists to emerge in recent memory. "Cocaine toxicity" is how it's officially listed on the autopsy report, which also reportedly indicates that alcohol was another contributing factor. Yet another sad and unnecessary loss. Live fast, die young? Better to burn out than fade away? Fuck all that. How about live slow, die old?