A-List hairstylist Paul Neinast’s death has been ruled an accident according to an autopsy report obtained by The Dallas Morning News. The medical examiner concluded that Neinast, 59, died from “the toxic effects of cocaine and heroin” and that a heart condition and cirrhosis also played a factor.
Neinast’s body was found in bed at his Turtle Creek Boulevard high-rise apartment on December 13 after he failed to show up for work at a salon space he leased at 6116 Luther Lane.
The flamboyant and gregarious hairstylist opened his first salon in 1978 at Snider Plaza when he was just 25. He became a regular on Dallas’ social scene and styled hair for an impressive list of celebrity clients, which, according to his website, included Olivia Newton-John, Linda Gray, Rock Hudson and Zsa Zsa Gabor. He once did makeup for George H. W. Bush, proudly declaring, “I’ve been cleared through the FBI and the CIA.”
More about Neinast and his last days is forthcoming in an issue of FD Luxe.
UPDATE Sept 1, 2013