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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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1201.

mike    

that mess up to all these fack ass people talk about pimp c's death like it's a joke he was a great rapper and a texas star he will be greatly miss by his fans and everone he touched rip pimp c your music will live on in your heart

2472 days ago
1202.

Young G    

R.I.P. PIMPC REST N PIECE BIG MAN

2472 days ago
1203.

jc    

For those of u that don't know Pimp C stop makin stupid/negative comments about someone that u know nothing about and if your parents never showed you how to show respect to those that have left this place called earth.......R.I.P to one of the greatest lyricists and pioneer of Third Coast Hip Hop .....Bun B Keep on Keepin on

2472 days ago
1204.

U.G.K FAN #1    

TO BE DISRESPECTFUL IN THE MIDST OF A LOSS OF A HUMAN LIFE IS IGNORANT AS WELL AS HEARTLESS....IT COULD BE YOU...
R.I.P PIMP C

2472 days ago
1205.

juicy mel    

4 all yall that dont kno PIMP C is a hip hop icon that wanted to bring all hip hop artists together dont b ignorant be educated...RIP PIMP C the music industry is truly missing a pioneer...one luv

2472 days ago
1206.

Jeri    

I'm sorry, but one doesn't have to be white to not know who Pimp C is. Too bad he died, and I hope if he had to go it was from natural causes, but no idea whatsoever who he was.

2472 days ago
1207.

angela    

It is purely disrespectful to speak negatively on anyones death. Regardless of whether or not you've heard of him he has a family that is suffering a loss. Let him RIP
Pimp C. UGK rules for real

2472 days ago
1208.

nino da realest    

yo pimp u will be missed dearly and my prayers will go to all your friends and loved ones

2472 days ago
1209.

beefcake    

A lot of good that money is doing him now! ha He sure didn't get to stay alive and spend it. Should have laid off that drank I guess. I wish all of the drug users would drop dead. I hate to sound mean but the world would be a better place.

2472 days ago
1210.

Israel    

The world would also be better place if ignorant people dont try to be politicly correct when it comes to their own point of views. Let Chad Butler's family read positive messages from positive peers.

2472 days ago
1211.

mistateems    

ahh man why the real alwayz have 2 die? i mean why cant it be 50cent instead? ive been a ugk fan from day 1, r.i.p. pimp c, you will be missed much in florida... mista..

2472 days ago
1212.

beefcake    

This is not a hallmark card dude. It is a blog where people type their opinions. Anybody with a name like PIMP doesn't deserve any respect.

2472 days ago
1213.

Israel    

Or a name like beefcakes! Ill make sure and put a rainbow next to your name on my hallmark card.

2472 days ago
1214.

carmelle red bone    

SOME OF YOU ARE BEING REAL IGNORANT BLOW HARDS. If you have nothing respectful to say then don't say it at all. His family is mourning , you bastards would just as offended if this was one your own. This man is a legend in the underground world.

2471 days ago
1215.

The Truth    

First of all RIP to a great man and influence on the rap game. Second, its America and you can say what you want, but if you could try and not perpetuate the ignorance of our country that would be outstanding. It's amazing how people can be so damning of someone you know because of 2 songs you saw on BET or MTV or his name. If the only two songs people heard of 2 Pac's was "I get around" and "America's most wanted", you think Berkeley and other prestigious schools would have courses studying his life, songs and poems?(look it up!) If PIMP C had grown up in the suburbs he could have rapped about the underage drinking, drug problem, school shootings, etc. created by the lack of attention those supposed "good" parents give their kids or the suburban parents rational behind spending time and money cleaning up their kids messes their whole lives, with no consequences and wonder why they are such screw ups in the end. Instead he grew up in the hood around pimps and drug dealers. Did what he had to do to make it and went from "A Pockect full of Stones" to "Knockin Doors Down" which is talking about rappers squashing the beef, consolidating their efforts, and create a distribution method that gives artist more of the real money. Stop relying on TV for your facts. REAL AMERICANS take back AMERICA...step your game up....DO YOUR REASEARCH!!

I got Bobby by the ___, Whitney by the ___, DJ Screw by the ___, the game belongs to me!
UGK fo life!!!

2471 days ago
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