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Coroner Classifies Michael Hastings' Death As Accidental

LOS ANGELES ( — The Los Angeles County Coroner Tuesday classified journalist Michael Hastings' death as accidental.

Hastings, 33, died in the early morning hours of June 20 when his Mercedes crashed into a tree at a high rate of speed in Hancock Park.

The coroner listed traumatic injuries sustained in the accident as his cause of death.

Toxicology tests also discovered that a "small amount of Methamphetamine and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) was detected. Levels indicate prior, but not recent usage," the report stated.

Hastings, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, won a George Polk Award for magazine reporting for his cover article "The Runaway General" in 2010.

At the time of his death, the award-winning writer believed he was being investigated by the FBI.


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