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Bailey Rae's husband 'overdosed'

Corinne Bailey Rae
Corinne Bailey Rae's husband was found at a flat in Leeds

The husband of soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae died from a suspected overdose, an inquest in Leeds heard.

The body of saxophonist Jason Rae, 31, was found in a flat in the Hyde Park area of the city on Saturday.

Deputy Assistant Coroner Roger Chapman said a pathologist's report pointed to a "suspected drugs overdose".

The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed so further investigations could take place. Mr Rae's body was released and a burial order made.

A 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Mr Chapman heard the pathologist had formed a preliminary conclusion of a drugs overdose but that further tests were needed.

Jazz club

Det Supt Steve Payne told the short hearing at Leeds Coroner's Court there were no signs of trauma or violence or any significant natural disease signs.

The musician's body was identified by his sister-in-law Amelia Atterton.

Leeds-born singer Corinne Bailey Rae met her husband while working at a jazz club in the city and they married in 2001.

She is said to be devastated by her husband's death.

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

Messages of support have been appearing on Corinne Bailey Rae's website following the news, while fans of Mr Rae left tributes on his band's Facebook website

His band, The Haggis Horns, have played as a backing band for Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and Bailey Rae herself.

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


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