Justin Bieber Lookalike Tobias Strebel Died of Drug Overdose, Autopsy Finds
The aspiring songwriter spent about $100,000 on cosmetic surgeries to make himself resemble Justin Bieber
A California man who spent $100,000 on plastic surgery to look like Justin Bieber died from a drug overdose, authorities have revealed.
Tobias Strebel, who appeared on Botched due to his obsession with altering his appearance, had Valium, Xanax, sleep aid temazepam and alcohol in his system, according to an autopsy report from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office obtained by PEOPLE.
Entertainment Tonight reports that he died of “multiple drug intoxication,” according to the coroner’s report.
The 35-year-old aspiring singer-songwriter also had other drugs, including acetaminophen/hydrocodone (similar to Vicodin), in the Los Angeles hotel room where his body was found in August.
The report concludes that there was no apparent foul play involved and the overdose was accidental.
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The LAPD said at the time that the reality star’s disappearance may have been triggered by a breakup with his boyfriend.
The German native spent five years and more than $100,000 on surgeries to look like Bieber and appeared on TLC’s My Strange Addiction and E!’s plastic-surgery docu-series Botched in 2014.
“What brought me to Bieber was the whole package: the full cheeks, the full temples, the bright open eyes, the full luscious lips, and facial framing he’s just extraordinarily beautiful,” he said on Botched.
Strebel’s manager, Gina Rodriguez, said at the time she was surprised to learn of his death. “We are very shocked,” she says. “He didn’t seem depressed in any way.”
“When he came to me he just wanted to put his story out there to see what would come of it,” she says. “It wasn’t that he wanted to become a huge celebrity, it was like, ‘Let me share my story.’ We started putting him out there. It seemed like he was having fun doing it but it wasn’t like a consistent thing. Every few months we would get something for him.”