Former "Ink Master" Died of Heroin Overdose: Autopsy | NBC New York

Former "Ink Master" Died of Heroin Overdose: Autopsy



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    Tattoo artist Scott Marshall from Chicago poses for a photo after winning Spike TV's "Ink Master Season 4" Finale at SIR Stage 37 on May 20, 2014 in New York City.

    Scott Marshall, a former winner of the reality show "Ink Master" who was found dead in a suburban hotel in October, died of heroin intoxication, according to autopsy results.

    Marshall, a 41-year-old tattoo artist with Roselle Tattoo Company, was found dead on Oct. 25 at the Holiday Inn Express, located at 1490 W. Lake St. in Roselle, Illinois. 

    An autopsy has revealed Marshall died from heroin and benzodiazepine intoxication, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Charlie Dastych. Benzodiazepines can be used for muscle relaxation or seizure control. 

    The manner of death was listed as an accident, Dastych said. 

    The Roselle Police Department said Friday an investigation remains ongoing. 

    Marshall gained national attention in 2014 after he won Season 4 of Spike TV’s hit show “Ink Master,” beating out 16 other artists from around the country and earning $100,000 and a feature in Inked magazine

    Marshall’s wife, Johanna, told TMZ after his death that Marshall told her he wasn’t feeling well and decided to get a hotel room after work instead of driving home.

    Johanna said police officers arrived at her home the day after his death and told her that her husband had passed away in his sleep, TMZreported. She said authorities told her preliminary autopsy results showed he died from an unspecified heart issue.

    Johanna Marshall could not immediately be reached for comment by NBC Chicago. 

    Shortly after his death, Roselle Tattoo Company posted about Marshall on its Facebook page.

    "Truly a sad day. RIP Scott Marshall," the post read. "A huge loss for the tattoo community."


    Truly a sad day. RIP Scott Marshall. A huge loss for the tattoo community.

    Posted by Roselle Tattoo Company on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    The shop declined to comment further.

    "Ink Master" host Dave Navarro tweeted that he was “very sad to report” Marshall had passed away.

    A spokesperson for Spike TV also released a statement on Marshall’s death.

    "Spike and entire Ink Master family are stunned and saddened by the news of Scott's passing. He was a great competitor and talented artist," the statement read. "Our deepest condolences go out to the Marshall family and friends."

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