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JAG Actor Died of Overdose
Wednesday, August 06 11:11 AM

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - On Wednesday (Aug. 5), a Los Angeles coroner ruled that "JAG" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" co-star Trevor Goddard died from an accidental drug overdose. Initial reports following Goddard's death on June 9 focused on the possibility of suicide.

Goddard, an Englishman who masqueraded as an Australian to land his recurring role on CBS' hit military drama, built up a complicated and largely fictional backstory about his Australian past. His stories became so successfully ingrained in his biography that AP stories on the cause of his death still repeat the misinformation that the actor was born in Perth.

At the time of his death, Goddard, a father of two, was in the middle of a divorce from wife Ruthann.

The autopsy found a fatal combination of cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs in his system.

"The findings of the autopsy have established the cause of death to be multiple drug intoxication," LA Coroner's spokesman David Campbell says. "The coroner has ruled the death accidental."
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Daily Telegraph

Actor's overdose was not suicide
By PETER MITCHELL in Los Angeles (Aug 06, 2003)

HOLLYWOOD actor Trevor Goddard who fooled Tinseltown with his claim of being an Australian died from an overdose of heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs but did not commit suicide, a Los Angeles coroner ruled yesterday.

The Englishman who affected a thick Australian accent and promoted himself as an Australian in Hollywood was found dead in his North Hollywood home on June 8.

He had a starring role in the TV show JAG and his latest big screen performance was in the hit movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner initially suspected the 37-year-old had committed suicide.

"The findings of the autopsy have established the cause of death to be multiple drug intoxication," coroner's spokesman David Campbell said.

"The coroner has ruled the death accidental."

Mr Campbell said an autopsy performed on June 10 found heroin, cocaine and the prescription drugs Valium and Vicodin in Goddard's body.

Goddard's father Eric shocked mourners at a wake for the actor in LA with the revelation that Goddard was not Australian.

Goddard had made up a fictitious but colourful story about himself growing up in Perth and moving to the US to become a professional boxer.

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NEWS.com.au

Actor's death ruled 'accidental'
August 05, 2003

HOLLYWOOD actor Trevor Goddard died from an overdose of heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs but did not commit suicide, a Los Angeles coroner ruled today.

Goddard, an Englishman who fooled Tinseltown for years into believing he was Australian, was found dead in his North Hollywood home on June 8.

The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner initially suspected the 37-year-old had committed suicide.

"The findings of the autopsy have established the cause of death to be multiple drug intoxication,'' LA Coroner's spokesman David Campbell said.

"The coroner has ruled the death accidental.''

Campbell said an autopsy performed on June 10 found heroin, cocaine and the prescription drugs valium and vicodin in Goddard's body.

Goddard had a starring role in the TV show JAG and his latest big screen performance was in the hit movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Goddard had promoted himself as an Australian in Hollywood and had a thick Australian accent, but it was not until after his death it was revealed Goddard was born and raised in England.

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Actor Goddard's death ruled accidental
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Coroner's officials ruled that actor Trevor Goddard's June 9 death was from an accidental drug overdose and was not a suicide.

Goddard, 37, had a recurring role on the military TV series "JAG" and appeared as a pirate in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."

Investigators had classified the death a suicide but Craig Harvey of the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Monday that an accidental multiple drug overdose killed Goddard. An autopsy showed Goddard had taken heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs, Harvey said.

Goddard, the father of two children, was going through a divorce.

Born in Perth, Australia, Goddard's work as a professional boxer led to an acting role in a beer commercial. He portrayed the martial-arts fighter Kano in the 1995 film "Mortal Kombat" and was Lt. Cmdr. Michael "Mic" Brumby on "JAG" from 1998-2001.