Multiple Drug Overdose Killed 'Top Gun' Producer Don SimpsonAP , Associated Press
Mar. 26, 1996 10:11 PM ET
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ``Top Gun'' movie producer Don Simpson died from a combination of cocaine, sedatives, antidepressants and anti-psychotic medication, the coroner's office disclosed Tuesday.
Simpson, found Jan. 19 in the bathroom of his Bel-Air home, also had an underlying heart condition which contributed to his death: myocardial fibrosis, or fibers in the heart muscle, said coroner's spokesman Scott Carrier.
The 52-year-old producer's death was listed as accidental, Carrier said.
Toxicological tests discovered the presence of numerous prescribed and over-the-counter medications, Carrier said, including Unisom, Atarax, Vistaril, Librium, Valium, Compazine, Xanax, Desyrel and Tigan.
Cocaine was also detected.
Thousands of prescription pills were found in Simpson's home by police investigating the death. ``The interior of the place looked like a pharmaceutical supply house,'' Detective Brad Roberts said.
Simpson died just five months after a physician was found dead of a drug overdose in the producer's pool house.
Dr. Stephen Ammerman died Aug. 14, 1995, from an overdose of drugs that included Valium, Venlafaxine, cocaine and about four times the lethal amount of morphine. Ammerman's death was also ruled accidental.
Simpson and producing partner Jerry Bruckheimer teamed to make some of Hollywood's most popular movies, including ``Flashdance,'' ``Beverly Hills Cop'' and ``Top Gun.''