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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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106.

Yo - Yo    

The South won't be the same, one half of a Houston icon is gone!!!
Bun, be strong our prayers are with you and Pimp's family

2329 days ago
107.

ms royal    

WOW!!!!!
You will be truly missed from 5 Duece..............................

2329 days ago
108.

sorry    

wow @ the negative comments

"let he who is without sin, cast the first stone"

r.i.p. pimp c. bun b keep strong brother

2329 days ago
109.

Dorothy W. from PA    

I will always remember him for his smile and the way he sung songs on his way to class everyday...You had a unique way of touching the lives of people around you in an encouraging way...

2329 days ago
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BP for BeezoworksInc    

Pimp C....

His last Music Performance show was on Saturday 12/01/2007
House of Blues with Too Short....they were pros as usual. Packed house special treat because Pimp C wasnt expected to be there he just showed up and jumped on stage and Short said come on lets do this. THEY KILLED IT! Just spoke to Too Short he is devastated....Sad sad day. Lesson learned Eat right, get rest, stay health..live long

2329 days ago
111.

youngkaiza    

A true legend. R. I. P Chad L. Butler

2329 days ago
112.

Tee Hee    

RIP Pimp C, you will be missed.

Representin from HTown

2329 days ago
113.

EBONY    

TRAGEDY, 4 REAL ANOTHER LOVE LOST BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN THIS IS REAL YA'LL AND PEOPLE NEED TO ADORE THE EVERYONE IN THEIR LIVES, YEAH HATERS TOO . CAUSE WHEN THIS TIME COMES U NEVER WANNA SAY GOODBYE. I JUST HOPE THE FAM STAY STRONG IT'S GONE BE ALRIGHT EVEN THOUGH THAT'S HARD TO BELIEVE RIGHT NOW....

2329 days ago
114.

DERRTY SOUTH    

I Feel as though my brother and friend in music will be terribly missed.
THE RAP WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, AND DON'T FORGET HE DIDNT REPRESENT HIP-HOP. ITS WAS ALL ABOUT COUNTRY RAP TUNES, FOREVER IN PEACE.
I WILL MISS U PERSONALLY MY FRIEND...................
DERRTY SOUTH......

2329 days ago
115.

Tbaybay    

Wow, RIP Pimp C..I will sip and pimp in your memory...and the church says AMEN...
nah but RIP u really free now, sleep good..

2329 days ago
116.

Fed Up    

How brave of anonymous jack asses to spew their racist views over the computer. I bet you feel big and bad hiding behind the made up name.

2329 days ago
117.

Treats    

Damn......RIP Sweet James Jones.......

2329 days ago
118.

JJ    

This is a tragic loss to the rap game. I'm gonna really miss his music. My heart and prayers go out to his famill. And to anyone who's making dumd a** comments. Please chill. If you did not know him or his music. Keep your stupid a** comments to your self!!!

2329 days ago
119.

jj    

I WONDER WHAT BED NUMBER HE WAS.............

2329 days ago
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YVETTE    

MAY GOD BE WITH HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS DURING THIS TRAGIC TIME!!! GOD BLESS

2329 days ago
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