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Rapper post-mortem may take days
ODB's most famous song was Got Your Money
The post-mortem examination for rap star ODB (Ol'Dirty Bastard) could take up to a week to be completed, US officials have said.

The 35-year-old collapsed and died at a Manhattan recording studio on Sunday after complaining of chest pains.

The rapper, whose best-known song was Got Your Money, was dead before paramedics could reach him.

ODB, who would have been 36 years old on Monday, was a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan in the early 1990s.

While the cause of death is not clear, in 2001 ODB completed a jail sentence for possessing drugs.

The prison term was also imposed on the rap artist for escaping a rehabilitation clinic.

Founding member

After working with the Wu-Tang Clan, ODB released several singles which were hits in the US, and worked with a variety of artists including Mariah Carey.

Got Your Money, which featured Kelis, was a hit in the UK back in 2000.

To the public he was known as Old Dirty Bastard, but to me he was known as Rusty - the kindest most generous soul on earth
Cherry Jones
Over the years he was involved in several shootings and was arrested on a variety of charges, including shoplifting, drug offences and threatening a former girlfriend.

He had been working on a comeback album, which was nearly finished when he died.

His mother, Cherry Jones, said: "To the public he was known as Old Dirty Bastard, but to me he was known as Rusty. The kindest most generous soul on earth."

ODB joins a string of rap stars who have met untimely deaths, including Tupac Shakur,who was shot dead in 1996.

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