Rapper Shock G of Digital Underground Unveiled to Have Died From Drug Overdose
More than one month after the ‘Humpty Dance’ hitmaker passed away at the age of 57, Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office refers to the death as an accident.
AceShowbiz -The cause of death of Shock G has finally been revealed. More than a month after he passed away at the age of 57, the Digital Underground founder was unveiled to have died from drug overdose.
“The Humpty Dance” hitmaker was confirmed to have died from a lethal mix of fentanyl, ethanol (alcohol) and methamphetamine. The documents released by Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office stated that his death was ruled as accidental.
Shock, whose real name was Gregory Jacobs, was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Tampa, Florida on April 22. His death was later confirmed by his father Edward Racker.
Shock’s funeral was held on May 1 and was streamed live on the church’s website. Jermaine Dupri, Busta Rhymes, Cee-Lo Green, Digital Underground’s founding member Ronald “Money B” Brooks, Bootsy Collins, producer Kwame, Chuck D, Yo Yo, Sway, DJ Premier, Big Daddy Kane, MC Serch and Treach of Naughty By Nature were among the attendees.
At the intimate ceremony, Yo Yo offered his tribute to the late star. “What I’m going to miss the most about Shock.G. was talking to him. He was the type of person, he gave me his full attention when he talked to you. He always looked at you directly in the eyes and would get really close to you. He was very animated, he was very passionate. He’d put his arms around me and we’d have deep conversations. He made me feel seen and loved,” he said.
Public Enemy‘s frontman Chuck D, meanwhile, described Shock G as a “musician, an artist, a humorist, a performer, a pioneering A&R agent and a bandmaker.” He further noted, “Forever we’re grateful for everything that Shock G did for the genre, as well as being somebody I considered a friend, somebody who always said he looked up to me, and I looked up to him, too.”
Shock G founded Digital Underground in the late 1980s. His hit song “The Humpty Dance” inspired him to create his alter ego Humpty Hump. He was also well known for working closely with Tupac Shakur, whom he helped introduce to the music world when the star appeared on Digital Underground’s 1991 release “Same Song”, before he died in 1996.
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