FBI Links Wu-Tang Clan Rapper to Drugs (and Worse)

FBI Links Wu-Tang Clan Rapper to Drugs (and Worse)

By Luke Walker 01/11/12

"Ol' Dirty Bastard" was under investigation for dozens of serious crimes prior to his death in 2004.

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A freshly released 93-page FBI report connects Ol' Dirty Bastard—the Wu-Tang Clan star who died of a drug OD in 2004, aged 35—to dozens of felony crimes, saying he was "heavily involved" in "murder, carjackings and the sale of drugs and illegal guns." The late rapper—whose real name was Russell Tyrone Jones—was specifically suspected of connections to the murders of Robert "Pooh" Johnson, Jerome "Boo Boo" Estrella, and Ishamael "Hoody" Kourma, not to mention involvement in a shoot-out with the NYPD and links to the Bloods gang. He was also found in possession firstly of illegal body armor, and then of some large bags full of paper currency. He was robbed and shot in an incident in 1998. All things considered, it's perhaps surprising that ODB lived as long as he did.