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Coroner: O.D.B. died of drug mixture


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(CNN) -- Rapper O.D.B., who died in a recording studio last month, died by accident from the combined effects of cocaine and a prescription pain killer, according to New York City's Medical Examiner's office.

The toxicology results were released Wednesday. Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the office, said test results show the 35-year-old rapper had cocaine and the non-narcotic drug tramadol in his system when he died November 13 in Manhattan.

O.D.B., whose legal name is Russell Jones and was known as "Ol' Dirty Bastard," helped found the seminal 1990s rap group Wu-Tang Clan.

Critics considered their debut album, "Enter the Wu-Tang (The 36 Chambers)," a major success. In 1995, Jones produced the gold-selling 1995 debut album, "Return to the 36 Chambers."

The singer had a history of trouble with the law, including a conviction in 1993 for second-degree assault. In 2001, he was imprisoned for drug possession and escaping from a drug rehab clinic. He was released in 2003.

Jones stunned onlookers in 1998, when he rushed onstage at the Grammy Awards and grabbed a microphone from singer Shawn Colvin as she gave an acceptance speech for an award. O.D.B. talked about his purchase of expensive clothes for the ceremony, and his loss to Puff Daddy, who received the best rap album Grammy.


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