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Erick Morillo’s cause of death has been confirmed

​The classification report has concluded the death was accidental by cause of "acute ketamine toxicity"

  • Patrick Hinton
  • 23 November 2020
Erick Morillo’s cause of death has been confirmed

Erick Morillo’s death has been officially ruled as an accidental drug overdose by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department.

A preliminary report published last month said Morillo died of "acute ketamine toxicity", with intoxication from MDMA and cocaine noted as contributory causes to his death.

The final report, seen by Mixmag, has concluded that the findings of the preliminary report were accurate, noting: “Toxicology showed a concentration of ketamine that is within the range of toxicity and fatalities.”

Among the reasons given for the classification, it states: “Mr. Morillo was known to abuse narcotics such as ketamine. Approximately seven years ago, he had a severe infection in his arm that almost resulted in amputation.

“Family members indicate that Mr. Morillo was under the care of a medical doctor. In recent months, he had complained of chest pains and bladder issues, experiencing difficult and painful urination.”

The report states Morillo was last seen alive on August 28 this year, before being found unresponsive by his cousin on September 1.

It notes: “Terminally, his cousin found him dead on his bed, with evidence of recent ketamine use. Containers of food were arranged on the bed, consistent with Mr. Morillo planning to eat a meal after injecting ketamine.”

The report also references a visit to the doctor’s by Morillo on August 19, 2020, for “left arm pain and dysuria”, at which time “a drug screen was positive for amphetamine.”

Regarding the August 19 visitation, the report also says: “A CT scan showed foci of ground-glass opacity suspicious for early pneumonia and similar to findings in COVID-19-related pneumonia. He left against medical advice and was discharged with Bactrim and Keflex.”

A separate Scene Investigation report from the City of Miami Beach Police Department states: “He had apparently been on a drug binge for approximately 3 months and was known to use ketamine. He typically injected into his shoulder and required hospitalization approximately 7 years ago following an infection.”

Morillo had been due in court on September 4 to face charges related to committing sexual battery on a woman, and since his death at least 10 more women have come forward with accusations of rape and sexual assault against the New York-born DJ.

Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Features Editor, follow him on Twitter

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