When Minnesota rapper Eyedea unexpectedly passed away in October, fans and his hip-hop peers were shocked. After, he was just 28 years old.
At the time of his death, the cause was unknown, but recent news of the results of an autopsy has revealed that Eyedea (real name: Michael Larsen) died of an accidental overdose.
However, specifics regarding the type of drugs in his system were not disclosed as of press time.
According to previous reports, the rapper’s mother, Kathy Averill, discovered his lifeless body at his apartment in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Eyedea had attended a show at the First Avenue & 7th Street Entry nightclub the evening prior to his death in support of a show by longtime collaborator Abilities and rapper Pigeon John perform. Those who spoke to him that night said he was in good spirits.
Averill reported the news to fans on Facebook, saying that she believed Eyedea had passed away in his sleep.
“It is with great pain and sadness that I tell you my son Mikey (Eyedea) has passed away,” she wrote. “At this time we kindly request your respect and our privacy as we process this devastating loss.”
Family and friends celebrated Eyedea’s life during a public wake on October 29 at the Crown Street Plaza St. Paul-Riverfront Hotel in downtown St. Paul. Then, earlier this month, his Rhymesayers label throw a benefit concert in his honor.
Eyedea grew up in St. Paul, and began touring in 1997. In 2001, he and his partner DJ Abilities released their first album, First Born, under the name Eyedea & Abilities. The year later, they followed with The Many Faces of Oliver Hart. Over the years, the duo dropped four more albums.
But, he first gained attention as a battle rapper. His notable freestyle battle wins included the televised “Blaze Battle” sponsored by HBO in 2000 and a victory at Scribble Jam in 1999.
Anyone wanting to send donations, they can be directed to Micheal’s Mom, Kathy Averill, and sent through Paypal. To send a donation, visit the official Facebook page for info and links to send money.