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The Stunning Discovery in Highly Anticipated Michael Hastings Autopsy Report

In this June 18, 2013 photo, an LAPD officer investigates the scene of a fiery crash that killed journalist Michael Hastings, in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. Hastings died when his vehicle crashed into a tree and caught fire. Credit: AP

Michael Hastings died of "traumatic injuries" as a result of a fiery Los Angeles car accident in June and had traces of THC and methamphetamine in his blood, according to the highly anticipated medical examiner's report in the case.

The coroner does not believe the traces of THC and methamphetamine contributed to the crash.

Hastings, 33, likely died within seconds after the accident, according to the report.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Blue Rider Press/Penguin shows award-winning journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings. Credit: AP

In this June 18, 2013 photo, an LAPD officer investigates the scene of a fiery crash that killed journalist Michael Hastings, in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. Credit: AP

The journalist was believed sober for 14 years, but had recently started using drugs again the month before his death, the coroner's officer reports, citing interviews with family members. Hastings arrived in Los Angeles from New York the day before the car accident.

More from the LA Times:

A medical marijuana card was found in Hastings wallet and had been prescribed for treatment of post-traumatic stress resulting from his time as a war journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hours before the crash, Hastings had last been seen by one witness "passed out" sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. The crash occurred just before 5 a.m.

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His death prompted numerous conspiracy theories, most suggesting that the famed journalist may have been killed while chasing his next big story.

The FBI said that Hastings was never under investigation by the agency.

Read the entire autopsy report here.

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