TAMPA, FL – Digital Underground founder Shock G was found unresponsive in a Tampa, Florida hotel room on April 22, sending a chill through the collective spine of the Hip Hop community. After all, DMX and Black Rob had passed away the same month and the trifecta of deaths was tough to swallow.
At the time of Shock G’s death, his father Edward Racker promised an autopsy would be conducted to determine cause of death and he’s made good on that promise. According to TMZ, Shock G died of an accidental drug overdose.
Hillsborough County Medical Examiner determined a lethal mix of fentanyl, ethanol (alcohol) and methamphetamine simply overwhelmed Shock G’s system and he was unable to recover. He was pronounced dead around 2:20 p.m. local time.
Shock G’s funeral was held on May 1 and attended by his Digital Underground brethren, Money B and DJ Fuze, 2Pac’s step-brother Mopreme Shakur and close friend Ray Luv, among many others.
Shock G established Digital Underground in the late ’80s and delivered “The Humpty Dance” from the classic Sex Packets album in 1991. He also introduced the world to future Hip Hop legend Tupac Shakur when he was recruited as Digital Underground’s backup dancer.
Shortly after the news of Shock G’s death broke, Twitter erupted with tributes to him. From Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s Krayzie Bone to Kehlani and A-Trak, there was no shortage of love pouring in for the 57-year-old artist.
Check out some of the reactions below.