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Monday, July 02, 2007

Autopsy Results Are In For Hi-Five Star Tony Thompson

By: Tribune-Herald

Autopsy Results Are In For Hi-Five Star Tony Thompson

Rhythm-and-blues singer Tony Thompson, whose body was found near an air-conditioning unit outside an East Waco apartment complex, died accidentally while “huffing” freon, an autopsy report released this morning shows.

 

Dr. Reade A. Quinton, a medical examiner at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas, determined that Thompson, 31, died from “toxic effects of chlorodifluoromethane,” or inhaling a toxic amount of freon.

 

Thompson, a Waco native and former lead singer for the platinum-selling Waco quintet Hi-Five in the 1990s, was found dead outside an apartment complex on June 1. Waco police said his body was found by officers working security at the apartment complex.

 

The report also shows that Thompson had a history of “freon huffing.” No alcohol or illegal drugs were detected in the singer’s system. However, the autopsy showed Thompson had a small amount of methadone in his bloodstream.

 

Methadone is a synthetic narcotic used to treat drug addiction.

 

Thompson, who had returned to Waco after a period in Dallas, enjoyed national success with Hi-Five in the early 1990s with three platinum-selling albums for Jive Records. The music was generally described as an imaginative updating of groups such as the Jackson 5.

 

A 1992 car accident that paralyzed member Roderick Clark and the departure of member Russell Neal for another career caused the group to lose momentum. In 1994, Thompson left to go solo, releasing Sexsational.

 

He restarted Hi-Five with new singers several years ago, releasing its The Return in 2005 on his label N’Depth. Although the newly reconstituted group hadn’t caught on, the singer vowed “the situation isn’t over.”

 

Most recently, Thompson had been working on a CD project.


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