This Day in Black History: Dec. 15, 2004

This Day in Black History: Dec. 15, 2004

New York authorities reveal Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s cause of death.

Published December 15, 2011

Authorities in New York City announced that rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard had died from the result of intoxication by the combined effects of cocaine and the painkiller, Tramadol. ODB (born: Russell Jones) suffered a heart attack on Nov. 13, 2004, while working on his music in a New York City recording studio. The eccentric lyricist, who was best known for his work with the Wu-Tang Clan, had completed a two-year prison sentence for  drug possession and had been working towards his fourth solo album at the time of his death.


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Written by Britt Middleton


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