Local surfing legend Chris Brown was under the influence of methamphetamine when he fell last month from the cliffs above Arroyo Burro Beach and died, police said.
According to autopsy and toxicology results released on Wednesday, it was determined that Mr. Brown, 48, died as a result of drowning due to blunt force injuries, which were caused when he fell from the cliff side, Anthony Wagner, spokesman for the Santa Barbara Police Department, said in a news release.
Mr. Brown was “under the influence of a high level of methamphetamine when he descended from a cliff to a rocky surf line below,” Mr. Wagner said. ” He sustained blunt force injuries that were significant enough that he was unable to remove himself from the surf line and drowned as a result. “
At approximately noon on Jan. 19, police responded to the area and found Mr. Brown’s body washed up onto shore.
The cause of death was not immediately known. Detectives and Sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel searched the cliffside for any clues following the discovery and, at the time, foul play was not ruled out, police said.
“Based upon an investigation completed by the Santa Barbara Police Department it was determined that this death was not the result of foul play,” Mr. Wagner said.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara, 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez.
Following the service, a “Paddle-Out” will be held at the end of Sandspit Road at the Santa Barbara Harbor.