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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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My confederate flag's raised in tribute!

2515 days ago


wow at some of you people. how do you not know who pimp c is? wow, not bothering with the people bashing hip hop who have heard just 50 cent...

2515 days ago


RIP. And if you haven't heard of Pimp C (to you ignorant bastards out there), then know he is a pioneer who has been in the industry for a lot longer than some of you have been alive. From songs with C-Murder, 8-Ball and MJG, Outkast, E-40 - you know what, this list could go on and on. To a legend and his family, God Bless.

2515 days ago


Some people are a$$holes! Whether you knew him or knew of him or not, he's a person who just lost his life. Have some damn respect!

Stay up Bun B! Respect to his family and friends...

2515 days ago


rip pimp c. Keep it banging for the UGK Bun

2515 days ago


Whether or not you like hip-hop, show respect for a loss. You would want the same if it were you. Disrespect is unnecessary..

2515 days ago

Billy Kelley    

For those of you writing negative comments about Chad, you really need to stop. His wife and I are good friends, a this is a traggic loss for her and their young daughter!!! That's right, he was a family man who took care of his business and was deeply loved by his wife and child. Stop hating and show some love for this hip-hop legend. RIP Chad - Port Arthur loves and misses you!!!

2515 days ago


Xclusive that was an ignorant ass comment. Nobody said anything about there being any black on black violence. Know the news before you say dumb stuff

2515 days ago

Let the truth be told    

For those who are makeing ignorant comments who n the hell are you what number are you in the population 0 so your thought don't even count it is so cowardley for you to hide behind your comments you in the closet ass bitch child molesting ass freak child pornographic ass internet ass pervert you don't like this comment do your ignorant ass well before you pass judgement on the black race look at yourself in the mirror instead of these web cams playing with yourself.Please post a comment back cause i have more where that came from.My heart goes out to all the ugk fans and pimp c family he was a true legend that i loved dearly who spoked his mind and could care less who cared what he said like me

2515 days ago


Rip James Jones, You will surely be missed round here

2515 days ago

Marlb Man    

Good riddence!! Nice teeth huh?

2515 days ago

Christi Ragins    

To all of you stupid people writing these stupid messages you need not forget you have love ones and they might be gone one day. Be respectful and respect his family during their time of loss. Some of you people are so stupid. My pryaers go out to his family.

2515 days ago


Nobody good EVER came out of Texas!

2515 days ago


pimp down pimp down who cares everyone know how he died anyway.

2515 days ago


Whoever this sucka is talkin about the season for no name rappers just exposed yourself as no fan or rap or hip hop. Ugk is one of the forefathers of southern rap tunes and true street life. He rose above all you can in the industry and still came out on top. Pimp C would say keep ya name out his mouth if you dont know what you talking; and if you think we p@$$y around here come lift up our skirt ignorant yokel. Keep things positive for the benefit of all hurting due to this loss and spend more time appreciating; rather than hating on those who have the mindset and prowess to reach their goals in life unlike the haters watching it from home eating bon bons with a woman u can't stand and likely can't stand you. It's UGK and Southern Rap Tunes for life and if you can't feel that it don't matter cause no one is feeling you. CDW_R.I.P Sweet James Jones Much Love and support to Bun B and all close to this tragedy.

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