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Digital Underground’s Shock G Died From Accidental Overdose, Medical Examiner Finds

by : Julia Banim on : 10 Jun 2021 13:16
Digital Underground's Shock G Died From Accidental Overdose, Medical Examiner FindsHumptyFunk/Twitter/PA Images

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner has determined that Digital Underground’s Shock G died from an accidental overdose.

The rapper was found unresponsive in a hotel room in Tampa, Florida, back in April after the manager became concerned about him missing his check-out time. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Shock G, whose real name was Greg Jacobs, was just 57 years old at the time of his death.

Now, a representative from the medical examiner’s office has told TMZ that Shock G died as a result of an accidental overdose of ethanol (alcohol), fentanyl, and methamphetamine.

As reported by AP following the announcement of Shock G’s death, Nzazi Malonga, a long-time friend who also served as head of security and helped manage Digital Underground, stated that the rapper and producer had battled with drug addiction for a number of years.

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Alongside Chopmaster J and DJ Kenny K., Shock G co-founded Digital Underground in Oakland, California, back in 1987

The hip-hop group grew in popularity in 1990 following the release of their hit single The Humpty Dance, which drew inspiration from Shock G’s character, Humpty Hump.

Featured Image Credit: HumptyFunk/Twitter/PA Images

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

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  1. TMZ

    DIGITAL UNDERGROUND'S SHOCK G DIED FROM ACCIDENTAL OD ... Fentanyl, Meth and Booze

  2. AP

    Shock G, off-kilter Digital Underground leader, dead at 57