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Friday, February 04, 2005

Ray Charles' Son Arrested on Drug Charge

By: Associated Press

Ray Charles' Son Arrested on Drug Charge

LOS ANGELES - The son of the late singer Ray Charles was arrested Thursday for alleged drug possession and being under the influence of cocaine, authorities said.

Ray Charles Robinson, 45, who also goes by Ray Charles Jr., was arrested at the Dunes Wilshire Hotel after police received a tip, police said. Authorities did not provide any other details or say whether he would be charged.

Robinson was released on $1,000 bail. He has a previous arrest for possession of a controlled substance, police said.

Robinson is one of a dozen children of the soul singer, who overcame a 20-year addiction to heroin during his life. The elder Charles, who died last June of liver disease, was born Ray Charles Robinson but changed his name in the 1950s to avoid confusion with boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.

His life is the subject of the Academy Award-nominated movie "Ray."

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