Trans-Siberian Orchestra Founder Paul O’Neill Died from an Accidental Overdose of Prescription Medications

  • Axl Rosenberg

The toxicology report is in for Paul O’Neill, the late founder, producer, and leader of the massively popular Trans-Siberian Orchestra… and it turns out that O’Neill’s was another tragically avoidable death.

According to TMZ, O’Neill’s autopsy report “says he died of intoxication from a mix of methadone, codeine, diazepam (generic Valium) and doxylamine (an antihistamine).” O’Neill was also suffering from “mild heart disease, hypertension and moderate hardening of the arteries.” The above-mentioned drugs are not, to the best of my knowledge, used to treat any of those conditions; in fact, methadone is sometimes used to wean opioid addicts off of codeine. So who knows what the heck was going on.

When O’Neill passed away in April at age sixty-one, Trans-Siberian Orchestra released a statement saying O’Neill had died from an unspecified “chronic illness.”

We’ll share any additional information if/when it becomes available.

[via The PRP]

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