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Autopsy in death of DJ Rashad inconclusive

DJ Rashad/Promotional photo

DJ Rashad/Promotional photo

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Updated: May 29, 2014 6:31AM



An autopsy proved inconclusive in the death of DJ Rashad, a house music icon in Chicago found in a Southwest Side apartment during the weekend in what authorities initially said was an apparent drug overdose.

Rashad Harden, 34, was found unresponsive by a friend about 1:30 p.m. Saturday in an apartment in the 2100 block of West 21st Street, authorities said.

Harden, of Calumet City, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

On Sunday, an autopsy proved inconclusive. Toxicology studies are being conducted to determine how he died, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Chicago Police said they think Harden died from a drug overdose, and they said drugs and drug paraphernalia were found near the body.

There were no visible signs of injury, police said.

Harden’s new EP, “We On 1,” is set to be available on vinyl on Monday. He performed at the Pitchfork Music Festival last year and opened for Chance The Rapper during last fall’s nationwide Social Experiment Tour.

On Saturday night, Chance The Rapper posted on Twitter: “Music lost a legend today. And he was my friend. Love you DJ Rashad. RIP.”

Area Central detectives were investigating.



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