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ODB Died Of Accidental Overdose   Print 
Wednesday, 15 December 2004

ODBOld Dirty Bastard's death of over a month ago has been deemed an accident by the New York medical examiner's office.

He died "as a result of intoxication by the combined effects of cocaine and Tramadol, a prescription painkiller but not a narcotic," said Ellen Borakove, a spokesperson for the New York City medical examiner's office. "The manner of death is an accident," she added.

Old Dirty Bastard aka Russell Jones died November 13 after collapsing in a Manhattan recording studio. He had reportedly complained of chest pains before his demise, days short of his 36th birthday. The Wu-Tang Clan founding member had been working on his comeback album for Roc-A-Fella Records for more than a year and was reportedly nearly finished.

In 2003, ODB publicly denounced drug use after finishing a two-year prison sentence for a drug possession.

After his death, the New York Post quoted a source inside ODB's camp who said the emcee went on a cocaine binge and had been "up for two days" before experiencing the chest pains. The allegation was dismissed by ODB's manager, Jarred Weisfeld, who said ODB had cleaned up his act.

ODB's teenage son said his dad behaved erratically behavior hours before his death. Barson Jones, 15, told the New York Daily News he and his sisters were in the studio with their father just before he died. Jones said ODB was unsteady, and at one point panted heavily and requested cold water.

"I already knew something was going to happen. He was shaky and mad paranoid," Jones said.

ODB reportedly kept going despite their pleas for him to seek medical attention.

Jones eventually went home with his siblings leaving ODB behind to work in the studio with a cousin.  After he collapsed, paramedics called to the scene were unable to revive him.

As previously reported, an album of unreleased material, Osirus: The Official Mixtape, will be released in January by JC Records, a new label launched by ODB's mother, Cherry Jones, and Weisfeld.

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