A 52-year-old male model and actor who was found dead in West Hollywood on March 5 has been determined to have had drugs in his system at the time of his death.
The decedent, Dirk Shafer, was found dead in the passenger seat of his car, which was parked in the 1300 block of Laurel Ave. Los Angeles County Coroner’s officials conducted an autopsy and toxicology tests, and ruled that cocaine and methamphetamine were present and resulted in Shafer’s death.
“He was using drugs and it was ruled an accident,” Winter said.
Shafer appeared in a holiday issue of “Playgirl” magazine in 1992, and was later chosen by readers as the magazine’s “Man of the Year”. It helped launch a career in the entertainment, and he later wrote and appeared in a 1995 film about his experiences titled “Man of the Year”.
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