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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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31.

Darv    

Oh yeah. The lead singer of Quiet Riot.

I'm sure no one has ever heard of them. :P

2451 days ago
32.

Marcus    

President Bush's fault.

2451 days ago
33.

Xclusive    

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.

2451 days ago
34.

Lysette    

At least he went out in comfort. The beds at the Mondrian are yummy .

RIP Pimp C.

2451 days ago
35.

Kate    

Such a tragedy that we've lost such a positive contributor to our society. I mean c'mon "Big Pimpin'" and "International Player's Anthem"..what a loss. Who will the youth turn to for inspiration?

2451 days ago
36.

lala    

my prayers are with his friends, fans and family.

RIP

2451 days ago
37.

madisonavekid    

aah man this is crazy i love ugk this is such a loss r.i p. you better love you love ones while they are here!!!

2451 days ago
38.

SuGaSuGa    

RIP PIMP - Ill Miss you

2451 days ago
39.

windy    

who is pimp c?

2451 days ago
40.

RozD    

What da blood#$%$!!!!!!! Sean Taylor now my man Pimp C. Whats really going on? Bun B keep your head up!!!!! My deepest condolences go out to the family of Pimp C.

RIP Pimp C (the trillest)

2451 days ago
41.

magickat    

Wow. Another mysteriously dead rapper.

Surprise surprise.

2451 days ago
42.

bliss    

The wage for sin is death.

2451 days ago
43.

OCD    



Not to be rude, but "dead" is beginning to become synonymous with "rapper".

2451 days ago
44.

Sparticus    

It's always a shame when anyone loses their life. but.....I am very indiffrent when it comes to rappers.

2451 days ago
45.

.....    

Sorrow to friends and family.

Relief knowing one less person is making negative music that young children hear.

2451 days ago
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