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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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One day ya here and then your gone...
Truly a legend! It's a tragedy by all means, but ya gotta look at it like, this world wasnt prepared to give the Pimp the justice, or resoect that he so deserved! Love Ya Pimp! R.I.P
My deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of CHAD BUTLER!

2461 days ago


dead in a bed
and hes a rapper bad joke to the editor

1600 days ago


Pumpin pimp c out the speak main

1579 days ago

Aidris M    

You hoes need to quit talkin down on the late great pimp and to you hoes talkin tough behind a keyboard in the words of the immortal Willie D,"Catch one of you hoes in person and break yo fingers"

1541 days ago

james rubio    

r.i.p to dat boy pimp c im a numba one fan 4rm htown

1535 days ago


Pimp said it the best. "do yo thing cuz caint no man tell you whats wrong or right". so all you pimp haters you are a human how can you talk about what the pimp did wrong or right. still ridin dirty

1524 days ago


RIP SWEET JONES. and **** all the ***** ass bitches talkin down on him in these comments. pimp wuz da **** compaired to yall hoe ass hatin muh****a like whoeva CrapRap is. keep yo bitch ass comments to yo'self bitch *****

1424 days ago

Tiffany bracelet    

Great site. This could probably have the refactoring tag added t it.

1407 days ago


Have you all noticed that when a white guy dies, like Patrick Schwayze, or Heath Ledger, or Kurt Cobain, rap fans don't go off and make fun of them while they can't defend themselves? And hey, if you don't respect him (even though he's DEAD) because he was a rapper, why should we respect them? They were just actors.

1282 days ago


r.i.p. pimp c nobody will forget u

1036 days ago


I wish pimp c was still here. Pourin up is one of his best songs he ever made

1036 days ago


MGK,lil wayan,Mac Miller,lil jon ,trey song ,snoop dog,afro man,trick trick,slim thugs grandaddy souf,t pain,proof,coolio,dre day,east side boys,2 pac bizzer and ice cube are 11,000,010 % then pimp c. lol sorry for his

1025 days ago


man pimp c was a great rapper all i have to say is RIP man

928 days ago
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