Rapper ODB Dies in Recording Studio
ODB, real name Russell Jones, was known for his innovative approach to hip-hop as well as his legal troubles. Jones was at 36 Records LLC's recording studio in Manhattan when he collapsed. He had complained earlier in the day of chest pains. Someone in studio made a 911 call at approximately 4:45 pm, but when the paramedics arrived on the scene they were unable to revive him. Early press reports state that drug paraphernalia was not found on the scene and Jones appeared to have died of natural causes. He would have turned 36 on Monday.
Jones signed a deal with Roc-A-Fella after he was released from jail last year, and had been working on his comeback album since then. He was scheduled to appear at a Wu-Tang reunion concert at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, last Friday night but there are conflicting reports to whether he showed up or not.
Fellow Wu-Tang member GhostFace Killah spoke to those gathered outside the studio Saturday night. "This ain't no joke. This is real life, just like if you lose your mother, your brother. This is real life.
"It's a big loss. It's a big loss right now. I knew him for 20 years. He was my brother, heart, soul, pride and joy"