AP says:

“Funk singer Rick James, best known for the 1981 hit “Super Freak,” died Friday, apparently of natural causes, police said.

James, 56, died at 9:45 a.m. at a residence near Universal City, said Officer Esther Reyes, a Police Department spokeswoman.

“He died apparently of natural causes. We learned of his death after responding to a radio call,” Reyes said.”

“natural causes”? At 56? Who dies of natural causes at that age?

I guess it’s a way to be politically correct by avoiding playing that jingle that says “things go better with coke”, huh?

Sad.  What a waste of talent. I’m glad he got his act together toward the end, but what a cost, getting there.