Cause of Cox’s death unknown |

Cause of Cox’s death unknown

Naomi Havlen

The cause of Aspen resident Chris Cox’s death may not be known for another week, according to the Pitkin County coroner’s office.Cox, 58, was found dead in his residence on Wednesday evening by a roommate. Pitkin County Deputy Coroner Eric Hanson said it may take up to two weeks for a pathologist to complete a toxicology report for the case.”At this point, we’re not putting a cause of death to it,” Hanson said.Cox had lived in Aspen since 1970 and was well-known in the local music scene for his songwriting and singing abilities.Cox’s roommate said on Friday he was waiting for the coroner to let him know the cause of death.”I don’t really know – I’m just in shock about it,” he said. “I know he had been sick and had some medical conditions, but I didn’t think they were fatal or anything.”The Aspen resident, who didn’t want to be identified by name, said Cox answered a “room for rent” ad and was a good roommate and a pleasant person to be around. Cox’s roommate said on the day of Cox’s death he hadn’t seen Cox all day, and that evening he checked on his roommate in his bedroom.”He looked to me like he was asleep,” he said. “I know the coroner said they’ll look into suicide as a possibility, and I knew he was taking medicines for his pain.”Cox’s medical condition stemmed from an assault he suffered about a year ago. According to police reports, Cox was in his Aspen apartment when a man looking for drugs knocked on his door and then beat him unconscious.His roommate said he suffered nerve damage in his neck and arm that still troubled him.Cox later pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and was sentenced to 70 days in Pitkin County Jail. He was still on probation at the time of his death.”All I know was that he wasn’t drinking or taking drugs recently, so there was no indication to me that this was something fishy like that,” his roommate said.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is

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