Levert was discovered dead in his bed at his Cleveland, Ohio home when his cousin tried to wake him. Initial reports stated that he died of an apparent heart attack. He was 40 years old.
In February 2007, an autopsy report conducted by the Cuyahoga County coroner’s office concluded that Levert’s death was caused by a fatal combination of prescription narcotics and over-the-counter drugs. The drugs in his bloodstream included the narcotic pain relievers Vicodin, Percocet, and Darvocet, along with anxiety medication Xanax and two over-the-counter antihistamines. The autopsy also revealed that Levert had pneumonia. The official cause of death was acute intoxication, and the death was ruled accidental.
Gerald Edward Levert was a soul singer, songwriter and producer. He sang with his brother, Sean Levert, and friend Marc Gordon of the trio LeVert. He was also a member of LSG, a supergroup comprising Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill, and himself.
His father, Eddie Levert, is the lead singer of the 1970s soul group The O’Jays.
Shortly before his death, Levert completed work on what would be his final album, In My Songs. The album was released on February 13, 2007.
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