Hip-hop icon Dr. Dre is in great loss. His son, Andre Young Jr., was found dead over the weekend at his home in Woodland Hills, California, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. He was 20 years old.
According to a representative for the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, Andre spent Friday evening, August 22 with friends. He, according to his mother, returned home the next day, August 23 at around 5:30 A.M. She said she heard him in the bedroom, but when she tried to wake him up at about 10:30 A.M. he was unresponsive.
Andre's mother immediately called paramedics, who later pronounced him dead at the scene. The precise cause of Andre's death has not yet been determined. An autopsy has been done Monday, August 25 and toxicology tests are done already, but it will take eight weeks for authorities before they could finally confirm the results.
A spokesperson for Dr. Dre has on Tuesday, August 26 issued a statement on his behalf that read, "Dr. Dre is mourning the loss of his son Andre Young Jr. Please respect his family's grief and privacy at this time."
MTV wrote on its site that fans have offered their support for Dr. Dre, sending him their condolences and well wishes through his MySpace page. One fan even wrote "Our prayers are with you and your family."
Dr. Dre is a record producer, rapper, and record executive. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and a former co-owner and artist of Death Row Records. It is claimed that he has four other children, sons Curtis, 26, Marcel, 17, and Truth, 11, and daughter Truly, 7.