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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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1216.

pimp p hill    

To the people who is speaking on PIMP C do not hate because u didn't know him he was known by billions and help more people in his life time that u ever will he loved his fan and his haters, so take a word of advice keep a "lil up in yo cup" and lay-own-back . Thank you Pimp C for blessing us with the music u left. JUST A TRILL FAN P.HILL

2405 days ago
1217.

A_Respectful_Dude    

I just have to say that all of these ignorant people who post these disrepectful comments about a deceased man are deranged! I'm sure you are all from California. You should be ashamed. Real people live in Texas!! Pimp C was real! He was a legend and he helped unite southern rappers. Pimp had love for everybody and if you aint got love for him, keep it to yourself. It's about respect. Learn it, live it. You just don't speak ill of a man who just passed, you don't do it!

2405 days ago
1218.

pimp p hill    

I WANT TO THANK THE YOUNG LADY WHO STEP UP AND DID DAMAGE CONTROL PIMP C IS AND WAS A UNIQUE RAPPER WHO SEE THE WORLD WHAT IT IS FOR REMEMBER WE ALL HAVE A FAMILY SO PLEASE SHOW SOME RESPECT THIS SHOULD NOT BE THE PLACE FOR POINTING BLAME THE SAME THING THAT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH WILL MAKE YOU CRY TO BUN B EVERY THING GONNA BE ALRIGHT LET THE MUSIC TAKE CONTROL

2405 days ago
1219.

" THE DON DIVA "    

REST IN PEACE CHAD BUTLER, YOU ARE TRULY A LEGENED AND YOUR LEGACY WILL CARRY ON! I AM BAFFLED DUE TO THE IGNORANCE AND STUPIDITY OF PEOPLE NOW A DAYS. THEY NEVER FAIL TO AMAZE ME. I FEEL LIKE IF YOU DONT HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY IN HIS HONOR THEN DONT EVEN POST ANYTHING. YOUR SMART COMMENTS AND RUDE GESTURES AREN'T NEEDED. MOST OF YOU JERKS DONT EVEN KNOW HIM SO WHY DID YOU FEEL THE NEED TO EVEN LEAVE A COMMENT. WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS KICK ROCKS. PIMP C WOULD TELL YOU TO PUT THAT "D" IN YA MOUTH...WHICH OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE IT IN THERE ALREADY..SO DO WHAT YOU DO BEST AND SWALLOW IT. CHAD EMBRACED LIFE AND CHERISHED EVERY MOMENT AND IM PRETTY SURE HE WOULDN'T HAVE CHANGED ANYTHING ABOUT HIS LAST DAY HERE ON EARTH. YOU CLOSED MINDED IDIOTS REALLY NEED TO REALIZE THAT LIFE ISNT PROMISED SO LIVE EACH DAY AS IF IT WERE YOUR LAST. AND WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE OR CAST STONES AT ANYBODY? YOU DONT HAVE A HEAVEN OR HELLT O PUT HIM IN..SO LIKE PIMP C WOULD SAY" WHO ARE YOU? WE'RE NOT EVEN GONNA GIVE YOU PLAY TIME OR EVEN DISCUSS YOU BECUASE YOUR INVISIBLE...YOU DONT EVEN EXSIT!!!!" PIMP C PLEASE REST IN PEACE AND CONTINUE TO WATCH OVER YOUR FAMILY, BUN B, YOUR FRIENDS AND FANS! THANK YOU FOR BEING LOYAL TO WHAT YOU DO...HONEST AND HARDWORKING! THANK YOU FOR EXPOSING ME TO WHAT'S REAL! YOU HAVE SHAPED AND MOLDED MANY YOUNG MEN IN YOUR IMAGE AND LIKENESS...SO LIKE I SAID BEFORE..YOUR LEGACY WILL LOVE ON!!!!! ALTHOUGH I DIDN'T KNOW YOU PERSONALLY, I WAS A FAN OF YOURS AND I TRULY RESPECTED YOUR "STYLE AND PERSONA"..EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU DEEMED GREATNESS...MY HEART WAS SADENED WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS. I CRIED! BUT IM NO LONGER CRYING BECAUSE YOU WENT ON..IM SMILING BECAUSE NOW YOU LIVE!!! AND THAT'S REAL:) MY CONDOLENCES GOES OUT TO CHAD'S FAMILY, BUN B, FRIENDS AND FANS!

2405 days ago
1220.

Jorge    

man dis group was phenomenal "PIMP C" u will be missed dearly not only by your family but also your millionns of fans that supported and card about u my condonlences to tha family

RIP PIMP C

2362 days ago
1221.

DanteBullock    

Lov ya pimp.u will most def.be missed,stay up Bun. Drop a tear 4 ya boi.

2405 days ago
1222.

R. Jaye    

It also lets you know that TMZ or the mainstream community doesnt take this seriously.

Front and Center On the same page as his death announcement is "Monstah Bling."

How disrespectful can you get?

2362 days ago
1223.

Israel    

Ok, Who is this bitc*-side? 1270,1271. Nobody needs to earn your respect dumb-as*! This is reality for hip-hop. Everery hip-hop artist raps about money, hoes and clothes! If he didnt do anything for hip-hop, then you wouldnt be typing your stupid as* blog! This is a certain lifestyle that people actually live. YOU SIMPLY DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT!!!!

2405 days ago
1224.

dstrubs23    

"white people are so full of ignorance" ??!

...typical response from an ignorant, angry black man.

2405 days ago
1225.

beefcake    

I'll say it again because I love getting a rise out of you losers! The world is better off with somone like the pimpjuice not spreading his snivel to the world. You all say he rapped about his lifestyle...............Well just goes to show you he was a thug just like many of you. Most of you can't spell or put a sentence together properly. HA!

2405 days ago
1226.

Monique Love    

i've been a UGK fan for years, just when I was wondering why it took so long for this new jam, this happens!

Keep ypur head up BUNS!!!!


M.love

2405 days ago
1227.

Fed Up    

some people are so ignorant. u do not know him so how could u judge him or any rapper for that matter. have a heart and get your head out of your asses. a man has died and all u can do is show your stupidity. R.I.P Pimp C and my heart goes out to your family, Bun B., and your fans. Keep your head high and forgive ignorant people.

2405 days ago
1228.

MAXXWEIGHTFROMDALO    

RIP TO PIMP C A TRUE COUNTRY RAP TUNE LEGEND OF THE SOUTH YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED

2405 days ago
1229.

Israel    

So we hear from rainbowcakes again! 1280. While you were attending the family spelling b, Some people learned how to struggle with REAL LIFE issues! Not everybody that listens to rap music is a thug. So go put your turtleneck sweater on, crank up your Barry Manilow and SHUT THE PH_CK UP!!!!

2405 days ago
1230.

Julian    

RIP Pimp C, you will be missed

2405 days ago
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