OL' DIRTY BASTARD - CAUSE OF DEATH REVEALED

The star had complained of chest pains before collapsing last month - and know we know why...

OL' DIRTY BASTARD - CAUSE OF DEATH REVEALED
OL’ DIRTY BASTARD died of an accidental drug overdose, it’s been revealed.


The rapper – real name Russell Jones - had complained of chest pains before collapsing at a Manhattan studio last month (November 13).


According to the New York Medical Examiner's Office, the rapper died of a mixture of cocaine and the prescription painkiller Tramadol a few days before his 36th birthday. He’d been working on new material.


During a controversial career, the rapper stormed the stage at the Grammy Awards in February 1998 and hijacked the microphone from singer Shawn Colvin as she accepted an award. He was apparently upset after losing the best rap album Grammy to Puff Daddy.


Later that year, he was wounded in a shooting during a robbery in his apartment.


Jones was arrested in 1999 for possession of crack cocaine. He reportedly asked the police to "make the rocks disappear" because it would hurt his standing as a role model.


Jones was sentenced in 2001 to two to four years in prison for drug possession plus two concurrent years for escaping from a rehab clinic. Following his release in 2003, he signed to Roc-A-Fella.


Wu-Tang Clan reformed this summer for a show which marked the first time the group had played with all of its main members in ten years.

Read More On This Artist

Ol' Dirty Bastard Merchandise
More News
Jamie T covers Townes Van Zandt's 'Waiting 'Round To Die' - listen
Eddie Vedder releases a cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine'
Cloud Nothings unveil 'New Here In' video – watch
45th anniversary release of 'The Velvet Underground' to include previously unreleased LP
Prince performs alongside Kendrick Lamar to mark double album release
Ryan Adams covers Foreigner's 'I Want To Know What Love Is' - listen
Stevie Nicks shares new song 'Mabel Normand'
Crowdfunder campaign to bring Foo Fighters to Cornwall raises nearly £100,000 in two days
Darlia to headline Club NME KOKO Halloween Ball
BBC Radio 1 and 2 play too much mainstream music, claims Radio Centre study
Midweek chart update: Jamie T on course for Number One position
David Bowie teases album artwork for 'Nothing Has Changed'
NME readers vote Arctic Monkeys best headliner at this year's festivals
Ed Sheeran dedicates song to David Cameron
Metallica's Lars Ulrich 'immensely inspired' by U2 iTunes giveaway
Aphex Twin says he believes in the Illuminati and that September 11 was an 'inside job'
Johnny Marr says he makes 'outside music' concept to combat 'weedy, mopey shit'
BBC Four to show Foo Fighters documentary 'Sonic Highways'
Paramore's Hayley Williams accuses One Direction of copying New Found Glory
Kiss' Gene Simmons says that no 'iconic' new artists have emerged since 1988
Prince takes part in Facebook fan Q&A and only answers one question
Slipknot reveal plan to burn camel dung at Knotfest to give festival its own unique smell

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today