Russell Jones who was known variously as Ol' Dirty Bastard, Big Baby Jesus, Dirt McGirt and Rusty died in the studio today after complaining of chest
pains. He was 35 years old.
Edited By Jonathan Cohen. November 13, 2004, 9:45 PM ET
Ol' Dirty Bastard Collapses, Dies In Studio
Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who lived a life as wild as his lyrics, collapsed and died inside a recording studio today (Nov. 13). He was 35. The
artist, whose real name was Russell Jones, had complained of chest pains before collapsing at the Manhattan studio, according to a statement from his
label, Roc-A-Fella Records.
Jones, who was also known variously as Dirt McGirt or Big Baby Jesus, was a founding member of iconic hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan in the early
1990s. With his offbeat, unorthodox delivery, he segued into a successful solo career and released several hit singles, including 1999's "Got Your
But he was frequently in trouble with the law, mostly for drug possession. In February 1998, he crashed the stage at the Grammy Awards and hijacked a
microphone from singer Shawn Colvin as she accepted an award, apparently upset over losing the best rap album Grammy to Puff Daddy. Later that year,
he was wounded in a shooting during a robbery in his apartment.
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Russell Jones lived on the edge, just as many rappers have. His death stands in contrast to the violent deaths experienced by so many others. In my
day, it was Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Cass Elliot and Jim Morrison who captured our hearts and imagination with their talent.
I can remember exactly where I was when I heard that Janis Joplin had died. I guess this day will strike the hearts of many here in the same way.
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