Power Trip Singer Riley Gale's Cause of Death Finally Revealed

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BY Brock ThiessenPublished May 25, 2021

Power Trip frontman Riley Gale passed away in August 2020, but we're only now finally learning his cause of death. Sadly, as many fans suspected, Gale died as a result of a fentanyl overdose, according to the official autopsy report.

The news first arrived this week via a YouTuber named Heavy Metal Picker, who obtained the report from the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office. The autopsy report was then verified today by MetalSucks, who also posted images from the medical examiner's report.

Specifically, the autopsy report notes that Gale died from pulmonary edema — a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs. This was caused by "the toxic effects of fentanyl" in Gale's system, with the medical examiner ruling the death as an "accident."

The fentanyl in Gale's blood was measured at 22.5 ng/ml (nanograms per millilitre), and he tested negative for all other drugs and alcohol, with the exception of marijuana, MetalSucks reports.

The report goes on to note that Gale had a "history of Xanax abuse" and a "history of depression," explaining he was found "unresponsive on the floor at home." The autopsy was performed on August 26 by Aaron Sohn, M.D. and overseen by Janis K Townsend-Parchman, M.D., who signed the report.

Gale died on August 24 at the age of 34.

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