RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS STAR’S DEATH TRIGGERED BY COCAINE ABUSE

An autopsy finds Bobby Hatfield's passing was caused in part by the drug...

The death of THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS’ BOBBY HATFIELD was caused in part by cocaine, an autopsy claims.

The singer, who along with partner Bill Medley, was famous for massive hits such as ‘Unchained Melody’ and ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin”, was discovered in his bed (November 6) – just before the duo were due to step onstage at the Miller Auditorium in western Michigan. He was 63.

According to CNN local chief medical examiner Dr Richard Tooker said Hatfield’s death was triggered by acute cocaine intoxication. Initial reports had suggested Hatfield had advanced coronary disease, and a heart attack was the cause of death originally listed.

Hatfield and Medley first met in 1962 as part of the group The Paramours, but formed The Righteous Brothers a year later. The duo were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame last year.