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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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76.

Tangie    

Igonorance---Hey ignorant, this is the correct spelling. No Britney and Amy are garbage, too.

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Lacy    

RIP PIMP C~~~~WE'LL MISS YOU!

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78.

Switch    

death is not good for anyone

live by the sword

die by the sword

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Big Al    

NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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can't stand idiots...r.i.p. pimp c    

6. 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.

Posted at 2:25PM on Dec 4th 2007 by Xclusive

wtf? they didn't even say what he died of yet. wtf is wrong with you?

2410 days ago
81.

Boss Up    

Damn i kno Bun B is hurtin right now

R.I.P. Pimp C

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82.

Disturbed    

Who?

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83.

F Biz    

"I'm pushin' down the ave. no one lookin' good, I'm baggin' screw n_ _ _ _ _ diamonds up against that wood..."

One of the greats true "down south" rappers from Texas...We will miss yo.




FYI..."Atlanta is not tha souff..."

2410 days ago
84.

Britney    

White people are ignorant!

Don't they know that rapping about guns, drugs and violence are all the rage.

2410 days ago
85.

carol    

NO ONE cares!!!

2410 days ago
86.

Tee    

Wow. I am trippin. I feel for his wife and daughter. I did a few videos for him and, I got to know him and her personally. Cool dude for real! Funny as hell, and always spoke his mind. Man........To all his family and friends, keep your head up, cause I know it's hard right now.

Much Luv from Houston

2410 days ago
87.

ME    

Wez dond lik blaks in soth!

2410 days ago
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Oh really Jane?    

And I don't give a s**t about a person named Jane Dugmat. Why make negative comments about someone you either didn't know or didn't like who is now dead?

2410 days ago
89.

Lacy    

Maybe you don't approve of his lifestyle or his lyrics, but he was still Gods child and he deserves as much respect as the next person!! Who are we to judge him?
Prayers for the family and friends who know this man personally and will be mourning this tragic loss!!

2410 days ago
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hIp HoP hEaD    

nice to see you ignorant azzwipes talk mess about someone who can't even defend themselves.
if you could care less, why even bother responding? must have cared to leave a comment.

lady with no class, you're about the most ignorant in these comments.

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