Stephen O’Malley


Posted: Nov 14, 2004


Rapper collapses and dies aged 35

Rap artist ODB (Ol' Dirty Bastard), one of the most colourful characters in the world of hip-hop, has died aged 35.

ODB, real name Russell Jones, collapsed and died at the Manhattan recording studio in New York on Saturday.

A spokesman for his record company, Gabe Tesoriero, said the rapper, who had complained of chest pains, was dead by the time paramedics reached him.

ODB - whose most famous song was Got Your Money - had recently finished a prison sentence for drug possession.

ODB was a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan in the early 1990s.

He later released several singles which were hits in the US, and worked with a variety of artists including Mariah Carey.

Got Your Money, which featured Kelis, was a big hit in the UK.

Over the years he was involved in several shootings and was arrested on a variety of charges, including shoplifting, drug offences and threatening a former girlfriend.

In 2001 he was jailed for two years for possessing drugs and escaping from a rehab clinic. He had been working on a comeback album, which was nearly finished, when he died.

His mother, Cherry Jones, said: "To the public he was known as Old Dirty Bastard, but to me he was known as Rusty. The kindest most generous soul on earth."