Man Arrested at Cher’s House In Connection With Overdose Death

Donovan Ruiz lives at the residence and is the child of someone who works there

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A 23-year-old man suspected of providing Fentanyl to a person who died of an overdose in Ventura County was arrested Thursday at Cher's home in Malibu, California.

A search warrant was served by Ventura County sheriff's investigators, resulting in the arrest of Donovan Ruiz, who lives at the residence and is the child of a someone who works there, authorities said. Cher was not home at the time. The singer is in the midst of a concert tour and is due to play shows Friday and Saturday in Brisbane, Australia, according to her website.

Ruiz will be booked on suspicion of furnishing narcotics that caused death, according to Ventura County sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian.

Details about the overdose death, which happened in Thousand Oaks, were not immediately available. Kuredjian said the victim died "a couple of weeks ago."

The sheriff's office didn't answer a phone call early Friday seeking information on a lawyer who could speak for Ruiz. Cher's publicist didn't immediately return an email request for comment. 

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