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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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Don't give a s*** about anybody that would call themselves pimp.

2513 days ago



Must show my respect to this man. One of the best remixes on my CD was with him, so I have to thank him personally for it...R.I.P once again.

Pimp C. Vs. The Clash:

2513 days ago

Merry Christmas    

Posted at 2:34PM on Dec 4th 2007 by The hater

"White" people are ignorant? That's comical. Some of these posters can be asian, hispanic, arab, etc. Looks to me like YOU are the ignorant (racist) one!

2513 days ago


@ # 8 - Who said anything about black on black violence. The article only said he was found dead in bed. Read a book...

2513 days ago

Sun Goddess    

One of you said

"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."

No offense, but how the hell would you know he died of black on black violence? The story to still developing. SMH. If you are black, you should be ashamed to think so negatively about your own ethnic peoples....

2513 days ago


Another hip-hip great, gone before his time...

R.I.P. Pimp C.

2513 days ago


My bad. I meant number 6. But number 8's comment was just as unnecessary. We are all predestined to die dummy!

RIP to him and condolences to his family.

2513 days ago


you know its hard out here for a pimp

2513 days ago

NO LONGER HERE PHYSICALLY BUT FOR EVERY IN MUSIC & SPIRIT...Strength will be needed for those close to you....God bless them...Bun-B, much love....

2513 days ago


Pimp C will be missed and mourned in Screwston, Texas. Another light goes out in the south.

2513 days ago


Pimp C you will be missed

from the one you originated SWEET CHERRY from I LOVE YOU BABY


Valushion will always LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

2513 days ago


This is crazy we lost another southern solider, not was he a great rapper but a great producer those who are not up on the south would not know that Pimp C is not the best rapper but he arranges and produces the music that we hear he and Bun B on. Ugk will be missed though Bun B will still carry on the torch it's like a set of hands or feet kinda hard to have your left with out your right RAP Pimp you will be missed!

2513 days ago

TV on DVD    

RIP God bless your soul.

2513 days ago


Probably another OD

2513 days ago

young c    

aye....regardless of what his name was and what he did. he was still a HUMAN with FAMILY and FRIENDS who loved him. so all of u who are being sarcastic and making jokes....i bet u wouldnt b feeling sarcastic is SOMEONE real close to u died. i bet u wouldnt b tellin' jokes. think about that b4 u talk about another mans life like it was a joke. and for the record...people have heard of him....ur not the only person on the planet dumass. R.I.P PIMP C

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