Son of Rap Pioneer Dr. Dre Dead at 20

Andre Young Jr. found after night with friends; cause unknown

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 26, 2008 4:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – The son of rap icon Dr. Dre died this weekend in his home northwest of Los Angeles, the Times reports. Andre R. Young Jr., 20, was found dead in his bed Saturday morning after being out with friends the previous evening, an official said; tests to determine cause of death have not yet been completed.

From left: Proteges 50 Cent and Eminem with Dr. Dre.   (Getty Images)
Dr. Dre is credited with bringing Los Angeles-area gangsta rap to the mainstream in the 1980s with group NWA; later, he helped produce successful acts like Eminem and Snoop Dogg.   (AP Photo)
"Dr. Dre is mourning the loss of his son Andre Young Jr. Please respect his family's grief and privacy at this time," a representative for the rap pioneer told a hip-hop web site.   (AP Photo)
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