Rick James

Remembering one of the great funk meisters (and of course notorious party boy) — the one and only RJ.

Aug. 8, 1969: Because of a hangover, skips a party at Sharon Tate’s house — and avoids being killed by Charles Manson’s followers.

1980: At a dinner party, a guest asks to sketch him on a napkin. It’s Salvador Dalí. James forgets the napkin is in his pocket, goes swimming, and ruins it.

and from the NYT

Toxicology revealed the presence of the following drugs: Alprazolam (Xanax), Diazepam (Valium), Bupropion (Wellbutrin), Citalopram (Celexa), Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Digoxin, Chlorpheniramine, methamphetamine and cocaine,” the coroner’s statement said. None of the drugs or drug combinations were found to be at levels that were life threatening in and of themselves.