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Rapper Pimp C Found Dead in Hollywood Hotel Room

12/4/2007 4:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Pimp CUPDATE: Homicide detectives are now at the Mondrian Hotel investigating the death.


Pimp C, real name Chad Butler -- and one half of the rap duo UGK, was found dead in a hotel room this morning. He was 33.

L.A. County Fire responded to a 911 call at the Mondrian Hotel, located on trendy Sunset Strip in Hollywood. They arrived to his sixth floor hotel room to find him dead in bed.

UGK is best known for appearing on the Jay-Z track "Big Pimpin'" in 2000, and more recently with Outkast on the song "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)." Pimp C had just performed with fellow rapper Too Short at the "House of Blues" in L.A. on Saturday night.

UPDATE: Jive Records has issued the following statement regarding Pimp C's death:

"It is with great sadness that Jive Records announces the passing of Chad "Pimp C" Butler, a member of the celebrated rap duo UGK (Underground Kingz). Jive Records' President and CEO Barry Weiss states: "We mourn the unexpected loss of Chad. He was truly a thoughtful and kind-hearted person. He will be remembered for his talent and profound influence as a pioneer in bringing southern rap to the forefront. He will be missed and our prayers remain with his family and Bun B. I've known Chad since he was 18, and we loved him dearly and he was a cherished member of the Jive family."

Born in Port Arthur, Texas, Butler's father was a trumpet player who played professionally with Solomon Burke. Outside of his father, the 33-year old rapper's influences varied, ranging from Bobby Bland, Jimmy McGriff, the 1960's Motown artists to Run DMC. Butler met his inseparable partner Bernard "Bun B" Freeman in high school where they formed UGK. In 1992, the duo signed to Jive Records and went on release a total of eight albums for the label. They earned their highest achievement earlier this year when their most recent album, UGK (Underground Kingz), debuted in the number one position on the album pop chart. According to the New York Times, UGK "helped inspire a generation of Southern hip-hop stars, from OutKast to Lil Wayne."

Bun B is not available for comment at this time."
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136.

MH    

I will never forget these memorable classics.

"Big Pimpin'"
"Sippin' on Some Sizzurp"
"Get Throwed"
"I'm In Luv Wit a Stripper

Regards

2482 days ago
137.

Krystal    

. WOW! this is crazy black on black violence is officially at an all time high smh.....RIP to the Big Homie Pimp C. Hip-Hop is definitely gonna miss you.

I have a college degree but evidently I must be really dumb I read the same story you did and no where in it did I read that this was black on black violence or even murder . Did you read another article that provided more information or are you just coming up with your own own ignorant theory?

2482 days ago
138.

Memi    

Damn Rest in Peace Pimpalacious C
To all the bobaclot fossies who dont know this man and got something dumb to say just remember when you die tmz aint got put nothing bout you in here so who is really da nobody B****es.
Rest In Peace You was Somebody To Me
Southwest Resida In Dat H-Town
Keepin it Trill Ho*

2482 days ago
139.

Jesus Lopez Viejo    

Oh man, this hurts my heart.

Pimp C and Bun B = UGK and UGK = Good music.

Damn, this is a sad day.

Rest in peace.

2482 days ago
140.

fccm04    

Some of these comment are really cruel!!!! If you dont have anything nice to say, dont say nothing at all. It is so sad that even in someones time of loss, some people can be so disrespectful. This man was someones child, someones friend and maybe someones father. It is a shame that some people dont respect this....

My prayers go out to the family and friends. May each of you find peace in Gods word.

2482 days ago
141.

kellen    

sigh..another loss for texas, this is very sad, ugk is the best and will always be
:'(
RIP Pimp C

2482 days ago
142.

THE BODYGUARD    

aww man R.I.P. BIG PIMP C! YOU WILL BE MISSED SO MUCH!!

2482 days ago
143.

DJ LG    

"Been a Legend in the south since the year 93', pocket full of stones, menace to society"--R.I.P. The game will miss him, One of the realest,, DJ LG

2482 days ago
144.

myspace/philsorich    

i was so late on pmp c hits i got a chance to meet him in nahville 3 summers ago what a honor god bless u r a pioneer my blessings
myspace/philsorich

2482 days ago
145.

JJ    

Man, I'm really gonna miss him.
And to to the making those F-uped comments, shut the F up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is a true loss.

2482 days ago
146.

Lannah LaLoochiano    

OMG...
Real Texas Hip Hop has lost an original member of Southwest Rap...
TRUE LEGEND...whether anyone else wants to admit to it or not!!!
YOU WILL BE MISSED.... OMG

2482 days ago
147.

Cassondra    

DAYUM!!!! i am so shocked!!! i'm form texas an pimp c/UGK where its at!! U WILL TRUELY BE MISSED!!! RIP!!!!!!

2482 days ago
148.

S    

RIP to a true LEGEND! You will be missed.

2482 days ago
149.

Renata K    

Those of you who didn't know who he was are missing out. He's a true original and will be greatly missed, especially by the loyal fans in H-TOWN. RIP Pimp C.

2482 days ago
150.

young c    

and my comment is more directed to #1 and #2 and any one else who is disrespecting this mans life.

2482 days ago
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