16 September, 2014 - RollingStone.com
Contrary to rumors that Tim Dog faked his own death in February 2013, Dateline NBC has concluded that the "Fuck Compton" rapper is dead. Speculation arose when a prosecutor representing a Mississippi woman he defrauded issued an arrest warrant for the rapper and reports that he had been living with his wife and daughter in a new home came up. NBC confirmed the rapper's death by locating his death certificate, which was difficult to find because it was filed in the county where he had died, not where he was allegedly living. The document is viewable on the network's website.
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As originally reported, the Bronx-born rapper – whose real name was Timothy Blair, age 46 at the time of his death – died of a seizure linked to diabetes. He had been treated at the Atlanta Medical Center before being discharged to a hospice. Because the hospice could not release information about whether or not the rapper had been treated there, NBC called funeral homes in the area. One confirmed that it had a record of Blair.
The rapper's death was suspect because, two years prior, he had defrauded the Mississippi woman, Esther Pilgrim, and pleaded guilty to grand larceny, leading to speculation that he faked his own death to avoid payment. He was sentenced to five years' probation and was ordered to pay back the $19,000 he stole from the woman. On Monday, Pilgrim tweeted, "Amazing.. some people STILL don't believe Tim Dog is dead.. I believe.. I actually feel sad he went out like that.. Not to be envied."
Rumors began circulating online after a recording titled "Falsified" surfaced that appeared to feature Tim Dog's voice. Also, residency records showed that Blair was living in Fairburn, Georgia, and neighbors told NBC that they had seen the rapper, his wife and his daughter around the neighborhood up until April of this year.
Throughout the speculation, the rapper's wife remained quiet and made no statement to the media, even after a memorial for the rapper – linked to a Paypal account that would benefit his daughter – was canceled because of the claims.
In 1991, Tim Dog rose to prominence with his track "Fuck Compton," which was directed toward N.W.A, on his debut, Penicillin on Wax. Dr. Dre fired back on The Chronic with "Fuck wit Dre Day" and "The $20 Sack Pyramid." Tim Dog went on to release three more solo records in his lifetime and two with Kool Keith.
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