Dr. Dre's Son André Young Jr. Passes Away

08/26/2008 at 11:30 AM ET

Dr_dreAndré Romelle Young Jr., the 20-year-old son of record producer/rapper Dr. Dre, 43, passed away on Saturday, August 23rd at his Woodland Hills, Calif. home. André had been out Friday evening with friends and returned home at approximately 5:30 a.m. His mother went to check on him at 10:24 a.m., where she found him unresponsive and proceeded to call for paramedics. André was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy has been performed, but the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is waiting on the results of toxicology reports before a cause of death can be determined. Foul play is not suspected. When contacted for a comment, Dr. Dre’s publicist released the following statement:

Dr. Dre is mourning the loss of his son André Young Jr. Please respect his family’s grief and privacy at this time.

Dr. Dre has four other children: sons Curtis, 26, Marcel, 17, and Truth, 11, as well as daughter Truly, 7.

Source: MTV; PEOPLE; Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Maui and Sons.


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phoebe on

Oh how awful, my thoughts are with the family at such a terrible time.

nicole on

I saw this post on Perez Hilton this morning…I figured you would be posting about it shortly. Prayers are with Dr. Dre and his family during this difficult time.


I can not even imagine the heartache they are feeling at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with the Young Family.

Lissette on

So young. Very sad. My thoughts are with his family.

Ella on

God Bless this man and his family during this time of grief. Dr. Dre portrayed a tough guy persona in public but behind it all he was a very devoted family man. Very, very sad indeed.

Cait on

Oh my god. How tragic! Thoughts with Dr. Dre and his family throughout the coming days.

Bren on

Very sad!! RIP 😦

Morgan on

How terribly sad. I’ve met Dr Dre out at a lounge in the Valley and he was extremely kind and warm. He has a very gental presence, soft hand shake and does not at all give off that celebrity vibe. My prayers go out to him and his family.

Michelle on

How devestating for them! My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

molly on

I am so sorry to hear this. I have never heard of him but I read that he’s a great person. And I am so sorry that even at this horrible time this grieving family is being approached for a juicy statements. My prayers are with you.

Stéph on

All my thoughts prayers are with that family.


I don’t know him,but my prayers are with this family.He was so young!I can’t believe it!

Jay on

My condolences and prayers to him and his family at this time.

Autumn on

That’s sad and tragic! First their infant daughter who had health issues which caused her early death, and now Dr. Dre’s oldest son.

It sort of reminds me of Anna Nicole’s son Daniel (who died when he was still 20) and Hunter Tylo’s son, all who died too young.

Jen on

I feel for his family at this difficult time. I hope they take the time to properly grieve and comfort each other. There are a lot of resources out there for children who have experienced a death in the family, but not so many for young adults like his first and third child. I lost my older brother (he was 34) in May, so unfortunately I somewhat understand what they are going through. I hope someday they find peace.


oh wow…what a shock.

I’m truely sorry and my thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

Bancie1031 on

I’m truly sorry for Dre and his family at this time. I wish them the best and that people will give them the time to grieve in peace. Andre was so young …. and I had no idea that Dre was 43! I read on another site that the tox reports will be back in about 8 weeks.

amy on

i am so sorry to hear this… my prayers are with the family…

dee on

I am truly sorry for the loss of their son. My prayers are with the family. So sad !

HeatherR on

It always deeply saddens me to hear the news of a parent losing a child. I cannot imagine the grief that they must be experiencing. It makes me want to hold my kids so close and never let go. My thoughts and prayers are with this family.

Louis on

the funeral is on friday

Hea on

How incredibly sad. I am so sorry for their loss.

tanya on

I am so sorry for your loss i will be prayig for the family.R.I.P