Authorities Seek Cause Of ODB's Death

Autopsy results for rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who died Saturday at a Manhattan recording studio, will not be available for several days while authorities conduct medical tests.

Autopsy results for rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who died Saturday at a Manhattan recording studio, will not be available for several days while authorities conduct medical tests.

Results of the tests could take more than a week, said New York City medical examiner's office spokesperson Ellen Borakove.

ODB, whose legal name was Russell Jones, complained of chest pains before collapsing and was dead by the time paramedics reached him, according to a spokesperson for his label, Roc-A-Fella Records.

The cause of death was not immediately clear, but ODB was previously imprisoned for drug possession and escaping a rehab clinic. He would have turned 36 today (Nov. 15).

The artist was mourned by industry stars last night at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. "Rest in peace Ol' Dirty Bastard," OutKast's Big Boi said while accepting one of his group's three awards of the night. "We love you."

Backstage, Neptunes producer Pharrell Williams called ODB's death a "shame," and suggested the rap community "should stick together a little more and it won't hurt as much next time. He was a great guy, a nice guy." The Neptunes collaborated with the rapper on his 1999 solo album, "N*gga Please."

ODB had been working on his comeback album for more than a year and was almost finished, according to the Roc-A-Fella spokesperson. Information about funeral plans was not immediately available.


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