Cause Of LRG Founder Jonas Bevacqua’s Death Still Unknown After Autopsy

By Allen Starbury  |  06/03/2011

Jonas BevacquaThe fashion and urban communities were shaken up earlier this week, when news of the death of LRG co-founder Jonas Bevacqua spread across Twitter.

Now, in the days following the 33-year-old fashion mogul's death, his passing remains a mystery.

An autopsy of Bevacqua was completed Wednesday (June 1), and it failed to determine a cause of death, according to

However, authorities are now awaiting results from toxicological and other tests for further info, but it will take weeks.

Bevacqua was found dead at his Laguna Beach home on Monday (May 30). He was just 33 years of age, according to good friend and Los Angeles-based jeweler Ben Baller (

Members of his family found his lifeless body at around 11 a.m., but authorities believe his passed several hours earlier.

Authorities have ruled out homicide, and there was no immediate indication Bevacqua was suffering from a medical condition, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said told the paper.

Bevacqua and his partner, Robert Wright, founded Lifted Research Group, known largely as LRG, in 1999 with start-up capital raised in part from friends of the late entrepreneur's father. It eventually grew into one of the largest urban brands around the world, paving the way for the uber-popular streetwear fashion genre you see today.

By 2006, LRG had annual sales of $150 million and was named by #5 on Entrepreneur magazine's list of that year's 500 fastest growing companies

"Jonas was a star who burned brightly in the sky and who is gone far too soon," LRG said in a statement posted on its website ( "There is a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. He will always be loved and missed by his friends, family, and all those he inspired."

Bevacqua grew up in a multicultural family that included eight siblings, seven of whom, including him, were adopted. He is survived by his mother, father, son, fiance and seven brothers and sisters.