Russell Jones, pka Ol' Dirty Bastard/Big Baby Jesus/Dirt McGirt of the Wu-Tang Clan, died collapsing at a Manhattan studio. The group were to perform (all 9 of them) this evening (11/13) at Continental Airlines Arena at East Rutherford, New Jersey. Details are from a known source, but you can go to allhiphop.com for the details.
Drugs were not the factor to his death. I personally knew ODB, and it was very sad to hear of this news, very shocking untimely fashion. It was the day after a Wu-Tang Clan reunion show in the tri-state area, with all the members. ODB was a great man, a lot of people don't know of his ideas. He heavily studied the lessons of his religion (5% Nation) until his very last day. I attended his funeral, and he will be missed, not only in hip hop, but in life. P.E.A.C.E.
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quote:NEW YORK (AP) - The death of rapper O.D.B. was deemed an accident by the medical examiner, who said Wednesday that he died from the combined effects of cocaine and a prescription painkiller. ... He died "as a result of intoxication by the combined effects of cocaine and Tramadol, a prescription painkiller but not a narcotic," said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner's office. ... O.D.B. complained of chest pains before collapsing at the studio, and was dead by the time paramedics reached him. He was just days short of his 36th birthday.