Esther Pilgrim, a Mississippi woman who was named as a victim in Timothy "Tim Dog" Blair's grand larceny case, is investigating his death as another scam.
Blair reportedly died earlier this year (Feb 14), at age 46, from diabetic complications. Former Ultramagnetic MC associate Kool Keith performed a two-hour tribute set. Reports of a memorial being held in NYC circulated in the blogosphere.
Still, Pilgrim told Memphis news station WREG, there was no real evidence of his death. “There was nothing of what you would normally find," she said. "What city? Who found him? There was nothing with any type of concrete details.”
She said she compelled a friend and another local news outlet to investigate and find a death certificate, but “they weren’t able to find any record of his death.”
The rapper, who gained widespread popularity in the '90s with his "F--k Compton" song, pled guilty to grand larceny in 2011. Pilgrim had accused him of using his fame to con her out of $32,000 to fund a "fictitious business deal." A Mississippi judge ordered that Blair pay her back, "one hundred dollars per month."
Pilgrim said that the payments stopped abruptly with news of his death. She said she was not suspicious at first, but now thinks that his scheming has gotten more elaborate.
Previously, she had appeared on Dateline alleging that she is only one of 20 victims and that he actually owes upwards of two million dollars to people around the world.
One private investigator found that, as of April, there is an active address for Blair in Atlanta.
“Oh, I think there is a great chance that he’s alive,” Pilgrim said.
A response has yet to be made by Blair's family.
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