Natural Causes or Accident Caused Chris Penn's Death
But David Smith, a Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman, did reveal that Penn had suffered from an illness and used multiple drugs in the past. He declined to release details of the illness or say if the drugs were prescribed.
Medical examiners performed an autopsy on Wednesday and are now waiting for toxicology tests to be completed. Bizarrely, Penn's latest film - 'The Darwin Awards' - premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on the day of his autopsy. Writer-director Finn Taylor paid his respects to the actor after the screening. He said: "Chris gave an incredible performance in the film. I think he is going to be remembered for years to come and we will miss
Penn was the younger brother of Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn. He appeared in numerous films, including Starsky & Hutch, Rush Hour and True Romance.
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