Pimp C's death ruled accidental

February 4, 2008 3:39:21 PM PST
Coroner's investigators have determined the death of the rapper known as Pimp C was an accident. Captain Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County coroner's office says Monday that 33-year-old Chad Butler suffered from sleep apnea and his condition reacted badly with codeine-containing cough medicine he took. Butler's body was found in a West Hollywood hotel room in December.

Winter says the levels of promethazine and codeine cough syrup in the rapper's system "were not that of an overdose."

Pimp C, a native of Port Arthur, Texas, was one-half of the pioneering Southern rap duo UGK, or Underground Kingz. The group's self-titled CD topped the Billboard charts last year.


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