Justin Townes Earle's official cause of death has been revealed. The singer/songwriter passed away at age 38 in August, and now a statement has been posted to his social media accounts, revealing that Justin died from an accidental drug overdose:

Three months after we lost Justin, the medical examiner has concluded that the cause of his death was an accidental drug overdose. Next to alcohol and cocaine the autopsy report revealed traces of fentanyl indicating that that usage of fentanyl laced cocaine resulted in an overdose.

Even though Justin was very outspoken and concerned about the opioid epidemic and the dangers of the “legal” drugs fed by the pharmaceutical companies, he became the victim of a deadly dose of fentanyl. Illicit drugs laced with fentanyl are causing an enormous rise in overdoses, turning cocaine usage into an even deadlier habit. It only takes a few salt sized granules of fentanyl to cause an overdose. And in most cases, happens so fast that intervention likely could not reverse it.

Although legal, and available nearly everywhere, alcohol is a psychoactive, neurotoxic addictive narcotic. The effects of continual, long term alcohol intake is deadly. Addiction is a disease and there are many avenues and treatments to become and stay free from alcohol and drug usage.

If you or a loved one are struggling with substance addiction please know that you’re not alone and reach out for help.

Don’t lose hope. With love and health, Team JTE

Several artists paid tribute to Justin after he passed, and his father Steve Earle is releasing an album of Justin Townes Earles covers on January 4 via New West Records (which would have been Justin's 39th birthday). You can hear the first single below.