Stab Magazine | Chris Brown Died By Falling Off A Cliff While High On Meth, Says Medical Examiner
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Chris Brown Died By Falling Off A Cliff While High On Meth, Says Medical Examiner

“According to the investigation and toxicology reports, the decedent was under the influence of a high level of methamphetamine when he descended from a cliff to a rocky surf line below.”

news // Feb 12, 2019
Words by stab
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Iconic Santa Barbara surfer Chris Brown was found lifeless at the bottom of the Henry’s Beach cliffs a couple weeks back, with reports of head trauma

Since that day there’s been a broad outpouring of love for “Wrap-around” Chris Brown, who clearly brought happiness to all around him. 

11x World Champion Kelly Slater gave an especially meaningful obit to his old friend, which you can read here. 

However an autopsy report from the Santa Barbara Police Department details an unfortunate ending to Brown’s near-50-year life.

More from the San Luis Obispo Tribune:

Former professional surfer Chris Brown was high on methamphetamine last month when he fell from the cliffs above Hendry’s Beach and died, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department. 

An autopsy revealed that Brown, 48, a local sea urchin diver, passed away in the surf after suffering major injuries in the fall, said police spokesman Anthony Wagner. 

“It was determined that Brown died as a result of drowning due to blunt force injuries, which were caused by the decedent’s descent from height to the rocky surf line below,” Wagner said.

“Other significant conditions include acute methamphetamine intoxication,” Wagner added. “According to the investigation and toxicology reports, the decedent was under the influence of a high level of methamphetamine when he descended from a cliff to a rocky surf line below.”

“He sustained blunt force injuries that were significant enough that he was unable to remove himself from the surf line and drowned as a result,” Wagner said.

The exact manner of death has been certified as “undetermined” by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Bureau, Wagner said, adding that there was no indication of foul play. 

While we can’t say anything about drugs that hasn’t been said before, it’s devastating that such a beacon of positivity was lost down this rabbit hole of darkness.  

For those who are interested, a memorial service will be held for Brown at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at Calvary Chapel, 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez in Santa Barbara. 

A “message of hope” will be offered by Channel Islands heir Britt Merrick, and Dave Brown will deliver the eulogy. Following the memorial service, a paddle out will be held at the historic Sandspit.

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