Snarkista has sad news to report today. The son of infamous rap producer Dr. Dre was found dead at his home on Saturday morning. Andre Romelle Young Jr., 20, was unconscious and unresponsive when his mother went to check on him at approximately 10:30 in the morning. Paramedics were called, but were unable to revive him. Andre Jr.’s cause of death is yet to be determined, but foul play is not suspected.
An autopsy was conducted on Young’s body Monday, but the cause of Andre’s death is pending the results of a toxicology report, a representative for the L.A. County Coroner’s office told MTV News. The coroner’s spokesperson said that Andre spent Friday night with friends. His mother told police that he’d returned home Saturday at around 5:30 a.m., and she’d heard him in his bedroom.
Dre, whose given name is Andre Young Sr, is an award winning producer who discovered the group NWA, and became co-owner of West Coast record label Death Row records. Dre increased his fame for his discovery and production of Eminem.
Dr. Dre’s publicist Lori Earl issued the following statement today on his behalf: “Dr. Dre is mourning the loss of his son Andre Young Jr. Please respect his family’s grief and privacy at this time.” Snarkfood will follow up with more details as they become available. Snarkista’s prayers go out for the Young family at this extremely sad and difficult time.