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Autopsy fails to find cause of death for former figure skating champ

other Updated: Jan 13, 2008 14:13 IST

Coroner's officials might need to six to eight weeks to determine the cause of former U.S. figure skating star Christopher Bowman's death.

"The cause of death has been deferred pending further investigation," Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Richard Hanna said on Saturday following an autopsy.

The 40-year-old Bowman was found dead on Thursday in a motel room in the North Hills area of the San Fernando Valley. Authorities have said prescription medication was found at the scene but they have not said what kind or in what quantity, and will have to wait for toxicology tests to determine whether there were drugs in his body. Police have said there was no sign of foul play or illegal drug use.

Bowman, a figure skating star in the 1980s and 1990s, had a talent that was matched by a reputation for hard living. He had battled cocaine addiction.

Recently, the former child actor had come from Detroit to Southern California to make a comeback in acting. A friend who found Bowman's body told police that Bowman might have been drinking.

There also have been reports that Bowman was overweight and suffered from health problems but Hanna said he could not confirm that.

The autopsy report said at death, the 1.85-meter (6-foot-1) Bowman weighed 118 kilograms (261 pounds).