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Police release cause of death of former pro surfer Chris Brown

The Santa Barbara Police Department has released the cause and manner of death of former professional surfer Chris Brown.

According to a press release released on Wednesday, Brown died as a result of drowning due to blunt force injuries. On January 19, Brown fell from a cliffside at Hendry’s Beach and suffered serious injuries that made him unable to remove himself from the surfline. Brown drowned below the cliffside where he fell.

Toxicology reports also state that Brown was under the influence of a high level of methamphetamine at the time of his death. It’s unclear if this played a role in his death, but Brown had experienced Acute Methamphetamine Intoxication.

The manner of death certified by the coroner is listed as “undetermined.” The death was not a result of foul play according to investigators.

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