Fredo Santana's Cause Of Death Determined To Be Cardiovascular Disease

(Chicago Tribune) The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled cardiovascular disease to be the cause of death of Chicago rapper Fredo Santana, according to an autopsy report from the medical examiner’s office obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

Santana was one of the pioneers of Chicago’s drill rap movement alongside his cousin and fellow Chicago rapper Chief Keef. Santana released his debut album “Trappin Ain’t Dead” in 2013 with cameos from Chief Keef and rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Santana was found unresponsive by his fiancee, whose name has been redacted from reports, the evening of January 19. In the days following his death, Santana’s family told TMZ that the rapper died after suffering an intense seizure.

The medical examiner’s report lists idiopathic epilepsy as a contributing cause of death. Santana was diagnosed with a seizure disorder eight months before his death, shortly after he quit the sedative Xanax, the report states.

While Santana was regularly treated with the antiepileptic drug Keppra, he still suffered from “seizure episodes frequently every month … that tended to appear as a cluster of seizures,” the report states. “(He) did not seek medical intervention after each seizure episode.”

Chief Keef’s (real name Keith Cozart) grandmother Margaret Carter told CNN in January that Santana had been sick but had not discussed his illness with his family. In October, Santana posted on his Instagram account that he was being treated for liver and kidney failure.

Santana was pronounced dead on January 20. He was 27.

msmith@chicagotribune.com

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