Andre R. Young Jr. had been out with friends the night before and was discovered in his bed by his mother at 10:24 a.m. Saturday,
"She found him unresponsive and called paramedics," Winter said, adding that an autopsy had been completed but that determination of the cause of death was deferred pending the outcome of a "gamut of tests, including toxicology."
Andre Young Sr., professionally known as Dr. Dre, released a statement to the media through a representative.
"Dr. Dre is mourning the loss of his son Andre Young Jr. Please respect his family's grief and privacy at this time," his publicist, Lori Earl, said in the statement.
Young Jr. was the subject of a paternity dispute in 1990 when his mother, Jenita Porter, filed a lawsuit against Dr. Dre in
She said in the suit that although Young promised to support their then 2-year-old son before his birth, she had received only a small amount of cash, a few gifts and diapers during their four-year relationship.
In a legal answer to the suit, Dr. Dre, who was 25 at the time, admitted being the father of the child but said he promised to pay only $500 a month in support.
Over the last two decades, multi-platinum-selling record producer Dr. Dre has become one of the biggest hitmakers in hip hop. The
After stepping from the production booth into the limelight with his smash solo albums "The Chronic" (1992) and "The Chronic 2001" (1999) -- both odes to an industrial-strength strain of indigenous
In recent months, Dr. Dre had been at work on his self-proclaimed "final" album, "Detox," one of the most eagerly awaited rap records of the decade.