I've also just found out (five years after the fact), that he died by choking on his own vomit. Yay nausea from AIDS medication that was only combatable by marijuana. Oh, and he couldn't smoke it anymore, or his family would lose their house (as the house was morgaged to post his bail). There are those who say the Federal government killed him. I won't go so far, but they are certainly not blameless in this affair.
Regardless, I really am enjoying the book. Thanks to the Erin for loaning it to me. The writing style is truly enjoyable, and while I am reading the book cover to cover, the author stated that it was actually intended to be browsed, rather than read through (due to the size of it, if nothing else).