Antidepressants and Sleep Aid Found in All That Remains Guitarist Oli Herbert’s System at Time of Death


The results of the toxicology report on All That Remains guitarist Oli Herbert, who passed away at just 44 years old last month, have come in, and unprescribed anti-depressants and a sleep aid were found in his system. Oli’s wife Beth revealed the news via Facebook.

It’s important to note that the drugs found in Herbert’s system were not cited as the cause of death, at least as reported by Beth. She hasn’t used the word “overdose,” but rather suggests the drugs contributed to erratic behavior that led to his death in a pond on the couple’s property. It’s also important to note that “sleep aid” could refer to a number of different products ranging from over-the-counter medications to serious narcotics.

Beth also revealed that the public memorial that had been scheduled for Oli was canceled due to “numerous threats.”

Beth’s statement reads:

“Good morning everyone this is Beth. And indeed it IS a good morning; Toxicology results are back as is the official cause of my husband’s death!

“Cause of death- Drowning
Toxicology – Oli was apparently self-treating for manic-depression that has run in his family for several generations. Anti-depressants were found in his system, as well as a sleep aid. The psych meds found in his system were the same ones that a close relative has been prescribed for a long time, so he knew what to hunt down for the “treatment”. Seeing how he was not going (and WOULDN’T GO) to a doctor to get diagnosed with the issue and was not being prescribed the medications and monitored on them, it explains his occasional erratic behavior here at home.

“As far as why the memorial was cancelled; concern for my personal safety and home due to numerous threats to both is the reason.

“If anybody knows where Oli was getting the psych meds, please call CT State Police, Troop C in Tolland, CT.”

Beth added the following speculation in the comments underneath the post:

“One of the drugs can have a hallucinogenic effect, also restlessness. Oli kept wanting to go outside that night before he disappeared and he kept walking towards the pond, which is a pitch black part of our property as well as very slippery.. Add to that fact that it was raining that evening. Apparently he left the house after I went to bed so I couldn’t stop him and bring him back inside.”

We wish Beth all the best and hope she finds the clarity and peace she is seeking soon.

[via Metal Injection]

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