PAHRUMP, NV (CelebrityAccess) — Radio personality Art Bell died after accidentally overdosing on a mixture of prescription drugs, Clark County coroner’s office said Wednesday.
According to the Las Vegas Journal-REview, the coroner’s office determined that Bell had taken oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as diazepam (Valium) and the muscle relaxant carisoprodol before he died.
The cocktail of drugs, along with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hypertension also contributed to his death, the coroner’s office said.
In a video posted to their Facebook page, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office said that all of the prescriptions were legal and that the overdose appeared to have been accidental.
Bell, who died on April 13, was a well-known late-night radio host, as well as the engineer and producer of “Coast to Coast AM.” Bell’s show addressed the paranormal, such as aliens and crop circles and conspiracy theories and at its height, attracted more than 22 million listeners.
He also made a brief foray into satellite radio when his new nightly show, Art Bell’s Dark Matter, debuted on Sirius XM Radio on September 16, 2013. However, it was a brief fling and the show ended six weeks later.
As well, Bell was the founder and original owner of Pahrump-based radio station KNYE 95.1 FM.
He retired from broadcasting in 2015.