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Coroner: Pimp C's Death "Accidental"

2/4/2008 7:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned rapper Pimp C died as a result of a pre-existing condition of sleep apnea, combined with an elevated amounts of prescription codeine in his blood. His death has been ruled accidental, according spokesperson Ed Winter of the L.A. County Coroner's office.

33-year-old Pimp C, whose real name was Chad Butler, was one half of the rap duo UGK. He was found dead in his bed at the Mondrian Hotel in Hollywood in December.

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. three nights before he died ... and garnered a Grammy nom just two days after.

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Yo    

RIP

2351 days ago
2.

Big EZ    

Damn RIP Pimp C

2351 days ago
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Jessica SImpson    

Who cares? Rap is dead. It's just lazy disco crap now. It's not like this guy was an ODB or Tupac.

2351 days ago
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Iceage1906    

R.I.P. Pimp C!!!!!! UGK fan for life!!!!!

2351 days ago
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Jason    

You don't accidentally "overdose" on presription strenght Codeine... he was drinking that "Purple Drank" maybe a little bit too much.

People need to lay off of the Syzurp.

2351 days ago
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rudy    

Drugs will destroy you ...
ALSO,I want to warn all Democrats and our OBAMA supporters…The Republican Right is out to get us again…They have found one of OBAMA"s college room mates (now a Republican) and as soon as OBAMA wins the Democatic nomination- they are going to pull "another Lewinski" on the American public…apperently OBAMA's old roomie will admit to the PRESS that he witnessed OBAMA snorting & even dealing Cocaine to several of his close friends in their shared dorm room!!!…The Republican's hope to sway the independent vote and the undecidedes with this shocker… They are betting that the fallout will put John Mc Cain over the top and will win him election for President.
I think this may be a false rumour but Obama did admit his Cocaine Use and I think we have to take this admission by Obama very seriously…It may come back to bite him...if this roomate story is true I don't think the Republican's are going to leave this Drug issue alone!!!


2351 days ago
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66? Did You Say 66? Closer to 86 Actually    

Pimp daddy done swigged too much cough syrup, now he be Pimp B-Gone.

Does this mean Pimp D moves up a notch? Do all the other Pimps advance? Whut about Pimp One?

All this pimpin is very confusing.

2351 days ago
8.

re:evolution    

REST IN PEACE CHAD!

ONE DAY YOU'RE HERE, AND THEN YOU'RE GONE...

2351 days ago
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I laugh at other's misfortunes    

WHAT?!?!? Chad Butler died? Never heard of him. I guess he wasn't that popular. No matter.......just another word rhymer.

2351 days ago
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that.is.all    

RIP

And obesity in childhood causes sleep apnea. If you care about your children, don't feed them the fat crap you feed yourself. You know you do it.

2351 days ago
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natalie    

rip pimp c all you haters do your job.

2351 days ago
12.

Bird    

How many Houston rappers have to die from that damn sizzurp before they leave that mess alone. Smoke a blunt and chill for crying out loud!

2351 days ago
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Ebbo    

Error, guys, error - he died from an overdose of phenergan-codeine cough syrup (per FoxTV Dallas), which is over-the-counter in many states apart from California.

2351 days ago
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toothdoc93    

Hey Robert ,since u r speaking on pols and drugs You do remember George W. also had coke allegations from the 70's also !So obviously this is no reason to count another candidate out i.e. B.Obama

2351 days ago
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toothdoc93    

Sry Robert you are just intolerent and close minded my last comments were actually fro Rudy

2351 days ago
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