Cause of death released for jockey Michael Baze

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Jefferson County Coroner's office has released the cause of death for horse jockey Michael Baze.

According to the Coroner's Office, Baze's death was accidental, caused by "multiple substance intoxication". Toxicology results showed that Baze had cocaine and oxmorphone (opana) in his system.

Baze's body was discovered on the backside of Churchill Downs on May 10. Police say someone in the area had spotted Baze inside his SUV near Gate 5 earlier in the day. When he never got out of the vehicle, police were called and discovered he was dead.

At the time of his death, the 24-year-old was scheduled for a preliminary hearing after being charged with first-degree possession of cocaine. Baze was arrested Nov. 18 in a parking lot near downtown Louisville. According to the arrest warrant, he consented to a search of his 2010 Dodge, and a detective found a small bag of suspected cocaine in Baze's pants pocket.

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