Country singer and former The voice Contestant Nolan Neal’s cause of death has been revealed. The 41-year-old died of “acute combined drug toxicity”.
Neal passed away in July. He was found in his Nashville apartment, and according to TMZ at the time, police found a black guitar pick with powder residue on a desk near his body. People and several other outlets now confirm that a combination of morphine, methamphetamine, fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl is what killed him.
The Davidson County medical examiner ruled Neal’s death an accident.
The singer had been candid about his drug and alcohol issues, admitting in 2020 that it started when he was the lead singer of a rock band called Hinder and continued until his 2016 audition on The voice. There he became a member of Adam Levine’s team, but was eliminated in the Battle Rounds.
He will next appear on NBC during season 15 of America has talent. The most memorable song he performed on the show was called “Lost,” and it was about getting sober.
When he died, his friend Jeremy Bussey took to Twitter and commented that Neal had not stayed sober. Bussey is a Nashville songwriter best known for writing Luke Bryan’s “Up.”
“I lost my friend and co-writer yesterday,” Bussey said on July 19. “I will never understand and this will never make sense. If you are struggling with addiction, please get help. RIP Nolan Neal. I love you brother.”
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