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Friday, November 26, 2004

Yahoo! News Story - DEAD 'DIRTY BASTARD'

Is it just coincindence, but why or why are there so many musicians dying under the Dubya administration?--NS
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Local - New York Post
New York Post
DEAD 'DIRTY BASTARD'

Sun Nov 14, 4:19 AM ET
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By PHILIP MESSING, MICHAEL POPE and ZACH HABERMAN

Revered, troubled and often outlandish rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard mysteriously collapsed and died yesterday at a Manhattan recording studio, police said.

The 35-year-old ODB, one of the founding members of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan, became ill and suffered breathing difficulties at about 4:40 p.m. inside 36 Records on West 34th Street.

One of his four friends in the studio called 911. Rescue workers arrived five minutes later, but were unable to revive the hip-hop star.

ODB, whose real name is Russell Jones, was declared dead a short time later.

Fellow Wu-Tang founder Ghostface Killah raced to the studio to grieve.

"I'm taking it hard," he said. "This ain't no joke, just like you lose your mother or your brother.

"That was my brother, my heart, my soul, my pride, my joy. I guess he's with the Father now. He's in good hands."

No one could say what killed the rapper, who spent time in drug rehab and served more than a year in prison for a 2001 drug arrest.

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy today. Police said no drugs were found at the scene.

ODB's mom, Cherry Jones, last night called her son "the kindest, most generous soul on earth."

"Russell was more than a rapper, he was a loving father, brother, uncle and most of all, son."

Jones has taken on several personas throughout his career, each with a different moniker — including Big Baby Jesus and Dirt McGirt. He was to turn 36 tomorrow.

After skyrocketing to fame following Wu-Tang's release of the highly acclaimed album "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)" in 1993, the Fort Greene, Brooklyn, native's life became a tumultuous mess.

He was arrested in 1997 for failing to pay child support for three of his 13 children.

At the Grammy Awards that year, ODB rushed the stage, grabbed the mic from award winner Shawn Colvin and launched into a bizarre diatribe.

The next year he was shot in the back by a robber in his Brooklyn home, but suffered only minor injuries from the wound.

Ignoring his doctors, ODB sprung himself from the hospital before completing his treatment.

Just weeks later, he was busted in Virginia for trying to shoplift a pair of sneakers.

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