London, United Kingdom, December 23:Jason Rae, the husband of singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae, has died after an accidental overdose of methadone and alcohol, a coroner has ruled.
The body of the 31-year-old, who was saxophonist with funk band Haggis Horns, was found in a Leeds flat on March 22.
The body of the 31-year-old, who was saxophonist with funk band Haggis Horns, was found in a Leeds flat on March 22nd.
Presiding at Leeds coroner's court, David Hinchliff said Aberdeen-born late musician had taken the heroin substitute methadone and had more than twice the legal drink-drive limit of alcohol in his blood. Coroner Hinchliff gave a verdict of death by misadventure.
He said: "Methadone is a dangerous substance in its own right. It is what's called a central nervous system depressive, which, if taken in quantity, can affect the part of the brain that controls breathing. This, coupled with alcohol, can be devastating."
Coroner Hinchliff also read aloud a statement from widow of the saxophonist, Corinne Bailey Rae, in court. "My husband is my first and only true love. He is the most beautiful and complex person I have ever known. He is utterly irreplaceable," the statement read.
Born in 1976, Jason was a Scottish musician, originally hailing from Aberdeen. He was a member of the eight-piece Haggis Horns funk band, which has performed with Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Mark Ronson, Nightmares On Wax and Corinne Bailey Rae herself.
Bailey Rae is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist who released her eponymous debut album Corinne Bailey Rae in February 2006. She was nominated for a Grammy Awards, BRIT Awards and has won two MOBO Awards.
Soul singer Bailey Rae met Jason at a Leeds jazz club where she was working as a cloakroom attendant. She eventually married Jason in 2001 at age twenty-two.