The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has determined that the cause of death for model Nichole Coats, 32, was cocaine and ethanol (drinking alcohol) toxicity. Coats was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment on September 10, and her death was initially classified as suspicious. The investigation remains open. The combination of cocaine and alcohol is known to be dangerous, as it can lead to cardiotoxic effects and increase the risk of a potentially fatal overdose, according to the American Addiction Centers.
Coats’ body was discovered by her father and aunt, who became concerned after not hearing from her for several days. Her aunt, May Stevens, expressed her belief that Coats’ death was a murder, citing the position of her body and the presence of blood on her bed. Coats’ mother, Sharon Coats, also spoke out about her grief and demanded answers regarding her daughter’s death.
The investigation into Coats’ death gained additional attention when fellow model Maleesa Mooney was found dead in her downtown Los Angeles apartment two days later. Mooney’s death was investigated as a homicide, with the cause of death determined to be homicidal violence. However, the police have stated that there is currently no evidence to suggest a connection between the deaths of Coats and Mooney.
The case involving Nichole Coats’ death is still ongoing, and authorities continue to investigate all possible avenues.