Corinne Bailey Rae's husband died from suspected drugs overdose

Last updated at 11:00 27 March 2008

The husband of singer-songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae died from a suspected drug overdose, an inquest heard today.

Police found the body of Scottish-born Jason Rae, 31, a saxophonist with funk band the Haggis Horns, at a flat in the Hyde Park area of Leeds on Saturday afternoon.

At today's opening of the inquest into his death, a coroner heard how a pathologist had formed the preliminary conclusion Mr Rae had died from a suspected drugs overdose.

But he said this was an interim report following a post-mortem examination and that further tests were needed.

Detective Superintendent Steve Payne told the four-minute hearing at Leeds Coroner's Court: "There were no signs of any trauma or violence or any obvious significant natural disease signs."

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Tragic: Corrine Bailey Rae's husband Jason Rae was found dead last week in a drug den

Deputy assistant coroner Robert Chapman said the pathologist's report pointed to a "suspected drugs overdose and there's no evidence of any injuries or disease".

Mr Chapman said Mr Rae's body had been identified by his sister-in-law Amelia Atterton. He also agreed for his body to be released to his family and issued a burial order.

Officers arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs before later releasing him on bail pending further inquiries.

Bailey Rae, 29, met her musician husband while working as a cloakroom attendant at a Leeds jazz club. They married in 2001. The Leeds-born singer is said to be devastated by her husband's death.

Her record label said in a statement: "EMI Records would like to offer its sincere condolences to Corinne Bailey Rae and the Rae family at this tragic time.

"We ask that the media respects Corinne's privacy and that of her entire family."

Fans of Bailey Rae wrote messages of support on her website following the news, while fans of Mr Rae left tributes on his band's Facebook website.

The Haggis Horns, who have played as a backing band for Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and Bailey Rae herself, recently released a well-received debut album called Hot Damn!

There were no members of Mr Rae's family at today's hearing.

The coroner adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed so further investigations can take place.

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