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Reggie Rogers, former Huskies star, died from cocaine and alcohol

The King County Medical Examiner’s office said Tuesday that toxicology tests indicated that Reggie Rogers died of combined cocaine and alcohol intoxication.


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Reggie Rogers, the former Washington All-American defensive lineman whose pro football career flamed out after he killed three teenagers in a DUI crash, died in October of cocaine and alcohol intoxication.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday that toxicology tests indicated that Rogers, 49, died of “combined cocaine and ethanol (alcohol) intoxication.”

Rogers’ death was ruled an accident.

Rogers died in Seattle’s Central Area on Oct. 24. Police and medics were called to a home on East Yesler Way after Rogers was found not breathing and apparently dead on the porch of a home.

Rogers, who also played basketball for the Huskies, was a first-round pick in the 1987 NFL draft, but his career unraveled after he killed three teenagers in a DUI crash and was convicted of negligent homicide. He since had been arrested for a string of DUIs, assault and other criminal traffic violations. In December 2011, he was sentenced to a year in jail for his sixth conviction for drunken driving after an arrest in Tacoma.

In October this year, Rogers was charged with domestic violence/assault following an incident involving his wife.

Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or jensullivan@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @SeattleSullivan.



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