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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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1231.

lece    

IT'S PEOPLE LIKE PUUUPIE AND B-MAN WHO NEED TO BE SHOT IN THE HEAD. US BLACKS JUST LOST SOME ONE WHO HAD A GREAT INFLUENCE ON THE HIP HOP WORLD. YOU BETTER PRAY TO GOD THAT YOU OR SOME ONE CLOSE TO YOU DON'T HAVE TO VISIT HIM ANY TIME SOON. IF THAT DOES HAPPEN, OOPS!!!!

2421 days ago
1232.

lece    

TO PIMP C 'S FAMILY, ALSO CLOSE FRIENDS:
REMEMBER THAT GOD DON'T MAKE MISTAKES. NEVER QUESTION THE LORDS JUDGMENT. HIS DEATH CAME AS A SHOCK TO EVERYONE WHO LOVED AND CARED FOR HIM, BUT HE SERVED HIS PURPOSE ON THE EARTH BY MAKING HISTORY AND HITS. HIS DUTIES IS DONE AND IT IS TIME FOR HIM TO GO TO THE LORD.

2421 days ago
1233.

Hgui Hu Phart    

Comparing this person to Elvis or any other musician is a joke,this person wasnt a musician....he played no musical instrument,he didnt carry a note or write songs thatve made an impact on people for over 40 years..........he was a rapper,crackhead that thought he was invincible and the man upstairs took him out.Black people are sooooo stupid.

2421 days ago
1234.

Jimica    

Pimp C will be missed so if you didn't know of him don't speak on him now! Some people are mourning the loss. He will be missed

2420 days ago
1235.

KC    

I can't believe some people are ignorant enough to say some of the things posted on this site. This is my first time I've looked on this site, but I guess this should be expected from a crowd that cares more about what Paris is doing than what’s going on in their own world (not implying all readers). What’s the deal with people saying one less negative rapper in the world is a good thing? You have obviously never even heard of or listened to UGK, so how do you know he is negative. And if you are going to say that, then lets also celebrate the death of every actor, producer, and director of all of the "negative" movies we see. It's entertainment, learn to raise your children to understand that and quit blaming music for all of your community’s parental mistakes. Death comes to us all, hopefully yours will not bring out so much ignorance and hate. Pimp C played a very vital role in the shaping of true hip-hop. He will be missed by all hip-hop heads, white and black.

RIP Pimp C

2420 days ago
1236.

Chris    

R.I.P PImp C you and Bum B made hot tracks

2378 days ago
1237.

too cool    

one less rapper so what

2420 days ago
1238.

too cool    

fool do you know how much a billion is

2420 days ago
1239.

Israel    

Its the amount of ways you will get your as* kicked if you would say your immature comments to one of Pimp c's fans

2420 days ago
1240.

bigg texx    

hold ya head bun... you got the lone star behind ya baby...and you know that is the greatest place to have ya back....R.I.P. PIMP C baby i'll miss ya SWEET JAMES... you helped me through some hard times and you will continue too baby.... heaven just got a real g, he gone but they bout to learn what TRILL and the PA, TEXAS is all about baby....bigg texx.... grind hard........

2420 days ago
1241.

beefcake    

You aren't going to kick anybody's a@s Israel. You are just a punk like the pimp was. So just sit your uneducated butt behind your computer and continue threatning everybody who doesn't give a crap about this because you are real bad behind that screen. You wouldn't last very long with me you punk. You would get yourself seriously injured.

2420 days ago
1242.

Israel    

Hello again Chucky! Feel free to stop by and live up to your words. I promise you wont leave with your hair combed. Theres also plenty of people here that feel the same way I do. WE JUST DO NOT LIKE EDUCATED HOMOS!!! And neither did Pimp C!

2420 days ago
1243.

waffle chick    

RIP Pimp C love the ones your with like it's the last time you'll see them!!

2420 days ago
1244.

dude    

Pimp C ? just another Dead N

2419 days ago
1245.

Israel    

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2419 days ago
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