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.
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