Ol’ Dirty Bastard Dies At 35

By Jay Casteel   /   Published 11/13/04

Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard (a.k.a. Dirt McGirt), who is known throughout the hip-hop world as an original member of the Wu-Tang Clan, passed away Saturday night, while recording at a Manhattan recording studio.

The details of his death are sketchy, but police are saying it appeared he succumbed to natural causes.

ODB (real name: Russell Jones) collapsed on the floor of 36 Records, LLC just two days short of his 36th birthday and was pronounced dead at 5:04 p.m., according to what officials told the New York Daily News.

"This ain't no joke. This is real life, just like you lose your mother, or your brother," GhostFace Killah said to the New York Daily News. "This is a big loss, but I guess he's with the Father now. He's in good hands."

911 was called at 4:45 p.m., but it is not known who made the call or who was with him when he died. When paramedics arrived, they attempted to revive Ol' Dirty without success.

Ol' Dirty Bastard, who renamed himself Dirt McGirt upon being release from prison late last year, signed with Damon Dash's Roc-A-Fella Records with the intent to make his solo career comeback.

There is no official word on how much material has been recorded for his album or if it will even be released.