Autopsy Under Way into Death of O.D.B.
11/15/2004 AT 08:00 AM EST
O.D.B., (real name: Russell Jones), 35, complained of chest pains before collapsing Saturday in the midtown studio. The founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan was dead by the time paramedics reached him, said Gabe Tesoriero, a spokesman for Roc-a-Fella records. News reports say that 911 took only five minutes to reach the studio, but already it was too late.
O.D.B. had a history of drug abuse, but a spokesman said he was clean at the time of his death and had been taking court-mandated drug tests.
The New York Post said that fellow Wu-Tang founder Ghostface Killah arrived at the recording studio to grieve. By Sunday, the music world was mourning O.D.B. as many of the industry's stars gathered in Los Angeles for the 32nd annual American Music Awards.
"Rest in peace Ol' Dirty Bastard," OutKast's Big Boi said while accepting one of his group's three awards of the night. "We love you."
Backstage after performing with Snoop Dogg, producer and N.E.R.D. member Pharrell Williams called O.D.B.'s death a "shame," and suggested the rap community "should stick together a little more and it won't hurt as much next time."