Nearly two months after Digital Underground co-founder Shock G was found dead in a Tampa, Florida hotel room, his cause of death has been released.
The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner issued an “initial case summary” on the 57-year-old rapper Thursday, saying he died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, alcohol and methamphetamine, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The coroner’s report said Shock G, real name Gregory Jacobs, was supposed to check out of the hotel where he was staying on April 22. When he didn’t leave the room on time, the site’s manager went to check on him and found the rapper unconscious on a bed.
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First responders arrived on the scene, but Shock G was pronounced deceased a short time later. The hip-hop star had a history of alcohol and drug abuse, the coroner’s report said. Final autopsy results will be released later.
As previously reported, Digital Underground member Chopmaster J first announced Shock G’s death in April. At the time, Shock G’s father confirmed with TMZ that the rapper had died and authorities would conduct an autopsy to determine his cause of death.
The rapper grew up on the East Coast and in Tampa before moving to Oakland and forming Digital Underground with Chopmaster J and Kenneth Waters in the late ’80s. Digital Underground eventually disbanded and their final album together was 2008’s “..Cuz a D.U. Party Don’t Stop!”
Shock G performed under the alias “Humpty Hump” and also co-produced 2Pac’s debut album “2Pacalypse Now.”
Chopmaster J’s most recent Instagram post showed a photo of Shock G from a funeral home website. The caption stated, “Together we dreamed- we achieved!!! You’re my brother, partner and hero. I shall remain inspired. Love and respect forever.” -Chopmaster J