The Insite received a call from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office on Monday. Officials there say Houston rapper Pimp C (Chad Butler) died from Promethazine/Codeine syrup and a pre-existing medical condition called sleep apnea. It causes someone to stop breathing while they sleep.
Los Angeles County Asst. Chief Coroner Ed Winter said their investigation began two months ago.
Promethazine/Codeine, a cough syrup, is a drug that is frequently referred to in music lyrics.
Winter said Butler’s death has been ruled an accident.
Butler was found dead in a room at Los Angeles’ Mondrian Hotel, a longtime music industry hangout not far from the House of Blues on Sunset Strip, where he had performed Dec. 1 alongside rap veteran Too $hort.
Pimp C and partner Bun B were pioneers of Southern rap and hit the mainstream with their cameo on Jay-Z’s hit “Big Pimpin’.” UGK, along with Geto Boys, are considered to be one of the people responsible for introducing Texas as the “third coast” of hip-hop.
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