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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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46.

Ashlee    

I love Pimp C! For all of you who have your head so far up your ass that you think he wasnt important b/c you have never heard of him or b/c hes a black rapper, he was very influential in the Texas and Houston rap game... He will be missed... at least I can speak for Texas. My heart goes out to his family and his closest friends espescially Bun B. Houston will lay him to rest in style im sure.. Do it big!

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47.

grim reeper    

Wow, what ever happened to " never disrespect the dead" all you dudes posting disrespectful comments should rot in hell.
R.I.P PIMP.

2424 days ago
48.

tim    

WHAAA!!!
This just leaves place for another annoying no-talent to stand up.

2424 days ago
49.

huh?    

A "legend"....where? In his own mind? We're much better off now.

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50.

baby t    

Oh no...it is sad. You people are heartless. UGK was the best.

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51.

two cents    

#1 That's harsh. LOL

But, yeah, another 'somebody' I've never heard of. Makes you wonder what all these young, black rappers do that causes such a young death.

Reap what you so baby. Life's a bitch. One less rapper in the world is ok with me. No big loss.

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52.

two cents    

#32. I'm IN Houston. Still never heard of him. Eh.

2424 days ago
53.

death on a cracker    

i hope it wasnt the purple drank! they love that in H-town! OD?

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54.

Britney    

What a tragic loss of a truly positive role model.

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55.

cleveland1    

#28. ANNA NICOLE SMITH WAS'NT A RAPPER. LMAO!!!!!

2424 days ago
56.

She looks like hell    

Rap (I won't call it music, music it ain't) is a foul, drug and gun glorifying, women demeaning bunch of no talent. Rarely do they ever sing, all they do is cuss and add nothing of any value to our culture. Well, they do bounce up and down and use one arm as if they were jacking up a car (jacking up as in white man's terms, using a jack to lift the car, not the ebonic 'jack') while women (mostly light skinned hos and some white girls who want to screw them for money and fame, ewwww) gyrate and thrust themselves at the men who look them up and down like the objects they see them as. That's rap for ya. Oh boy, another one is dead. Gee, wonder what he was involved in? What a joke.

2424 days ago
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two cents    

I meant # 31,. Sorry about that.

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58.

Youallaresuchhaters    

"Now what yall know about them Texas boys coming down in candy toys smikoin weed and talkin noise?".....RIP PIMP C!!!!!!

2424 days ago
59.

kim suck    

one down and millions to go

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60.

Tee Hee    

True fans of Pimp C knows what a loss we have taken. I guess poor white pieces of trash like Amy Winehouse and Britney Spears are perfect role models for our children. Speak ill of the dead and you will fight demons.

Pimp C may your soul rest in peace and may your family find the strength to get through this.

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