Rising electronic producer i_o’s cause of death has been revealed after he passed away at the age of 30 last November.
As reported by Billboard, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has released its autopsy report which states that i_o’s death was due to natural causes as a result of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder involving chronic inflammation of the thyroid.
According to the report, no other significant issues were found during the examination.
As reported by EDM.com, the family of i_o (A.K.A Garrett Lockhart) have released a statement noting that Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an unusual condition for young men and that symptoms can include fatigue, depression, anxiety and cardiac arrhythmia.
“After five months of testing, the conclusion is that, while Garrett did suffer from depression and anxiety, he did not take his own life,” their statement read.
They continued: “It is our hope that Garrett’s premature death can be used to create and normalise conversations surrounding mental health issues, realising there may be an underlying disease or conditions requiring medical attention.”
“Though this report offers us answers on the questions of why, we remain without our friend, our brother and our son. Many of you have mentioned Garrett’s friendship in a time of personal crisis. Honor his memory by being that person to someone else, taking gentle care of yourselves and each other.”
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“We, his family are grateful for everyone that has been involved with the i_o project. It was truly what Garrett had always aspired to be as an artist,” they concluded.
Lockhart was making a name for himself in the dance community through his experimental acid techno sound, which led to him releasing tracks on labels like Mau5trap and Armada Music.
His most recent release – an update of Ian Van Dahl’s ‘Castles in the Sky’ – debuted just days before his death.
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