Drug-related death of model found in DTLA apartment is ruled accidental, coroner says

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023 8:33PM

Family desperate for answers after model found dead in DTLA apartment

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The drug-related death of a 32-year-old model has been ruled accidental some six weeks after her body was found in her downtown Los Angeles apartment, coroner’s officials said Tuesday.

Nichole Coats died at her residence, and the cause was deemed to be cocaine and ethanol toxicity, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Another model, 31-year-old Maleesa Mooney, was found deceased in her downtown L.A. apartment on Sept 12, two days after Coats’ body was discovered.

Last month, police said investigations indicated that the two deaths did not appear to be related.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, officers responded to the Eighth & Grand Apartments on Sept. 10 to conduct a welfare check. Coats’ father also checked on his daughter and she was found dead inside her residence, where she lived alone.

“I was so distraught… I just felt like everything was moving in slow motion. And I still am in shock… in denial that she’s not here,” her cousin, Sheniya Mason, said at the time.

DEVELOPING: More details will be added to this report as they become available.

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