Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Dr. Dre's Son and Namesake Found Dead

News outlets are reporting that the son of Dr. Dre, arguably the greatest rap producer of all time, was found dead in his home this past Saturday.

Andre Young, Jr. was 20 years old.

The spitting image of his father, Andre Jr. had reportedly arrived home at 5:30 a.m. from a night out partying and was discovered by his mother later that day. She found him unresponsive and called 911, who pronounced him dead on the scene.

The cause of death is pending an autopsy but this situation sounds eerily similar to that of Houston's DJ Screw and Port Arthur, Texas rapper Pimp C, who were both found to have overdosed from ingesting a mixture of cough syrup, cognac and Jolly Ranchers candy, otherwise known as sizzyrup.

The potent concoction was celebrated in Three 6 Mafia's hit song called "Sippin' on Some Syrup," released in 2000. Ironically the song featured Pimp C.

Prior to that the lethal elixir was not well known outside of the Texas and southern regions but has since been embraced as a means for relaxation despite the obvious side effects that can cause an overdose and lead to death. Popular rapper Lil' Wayne is rarely seen without his Styrofoam cup of syrup, for example.

If the autopsy does indicate an overdose of any substance, it will be interesting to see whether Dre actually releases his upcoming album, "Detox," considering all the innuendo that album's title will arouse.

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