TMZ is reporting that 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.
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.
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RIP PIMP C you will be forever missed. Sad day in hip hop.
UPDATE: Representatives from Jive Records, UGK's longtime label have confirmed the death to be true.
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
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
Bun B is not available for comment at this time."