(L.A.) Richard Machado, 40, Died From Drugs

Case Number: 2024-04773

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 40-year-old Latino male.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Richard Machado.

Manner of Death: Accident

Cause of Death: Complications of Infective Endocarditis

Other Significant Conditions: Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease; Effects of Methamphetamine, Heroin, and Hydrocodone

RIP RICHARD MACHADO (September 27, 1983 – March 20, 2024)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Wednesday at 8:09 a.m.

Ruling by the deputy medical examiner was published on May 28, presumably after the results of tox screening had come back positive for the drugs. This is considered an accidental drug overdose.

Infective endocarditis is a serious heart infection that can be caused by intravenous drug use.

The abuse of methamphetamine, heroin, and other injectable drugs puts individuals at a significantly higher risk of developing infective endocarditis due to non-sterile injection practices, sharing needles, and the associated comorbidities and high-risk behaviors.

The opioid epidemic has been linked to a rise in infective endocarditis cases, particularly in the Midwestern United States, affecting mostly white, low-income men who abuse drugs intravenously.