Eric Church's Brother Brandon Died of Complications from Chronic Alcoholism, Autopsy Says: Report

Brandon Church's battle with alcohol abuse caused heart and liver damage before his death at the age of 36, multiple outlets report

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Brandon Church’s cause of death has been revealed.

Per documents obtained by multiple outlets, country singer Eric Church‘s younger brother died of “consequences of chronic alcoholism.” Brandon was 36 when he died on June 29, 2018.

Per Radar Online, the medical examiner wrote in the autopsy report that “the decedent has a clinical history of alcohol withdrawal-induced seizure disorder. According to his primary care provider, his history includes binge drinking followed shortly thereafter by episodes of seizure activity upon the withdrawal of alcohol use.”

According to the report, Brandon’s substance abuse caused myocardial hypertrophy (an increase in heart mass), coronary heart disease and liver damage (liver steatosis, or fatty liver disease).

As TMZ first reported after his death, Brandon suffered multiple seizures the day he died in Granite Falls, North Carolina.

Brandon had “a witnessed seizure on the same day according to the family where he came out of it oriented and alert,” the documents reportedly state. TMZ reports he then suffered a second seizure as he was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

A rep for Brandon’s Grammy-nominated brother, 41, confirmed the death over the summer.

“It is with great sadness that the Church family confirms that Eric’s brother, Brandon, passed away Friday evening,” the family said in a statement at the time.

In the months since, over $45,000 had been raised in Brandon’s honor to the Brandon E. Church Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will be “used to bless others and honor a benevolent life.”

In addition to “How ‘Bout You” from the country star’s debut record, Eric and Brandon also co-wrote “Without You Here” from Eric’s 2009 album Carolina.

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