Pimp C To Be Laid To Rest Thursday In His Texas Hometown

Funeral, which is open to the public, will begin at 11 a.m. at Robert A. 'Bob' Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur.

Pimp C will be laid to rest Thursday in his beloved hometown of Port Arthur, according to a statement released Monday (December 10) by UGK's longtime publicist.

The memorial service is set to take place at the Robert A. "Bob" Bowers Civic Center in Texas. The funeral will be open to public and begin at 11 a.m.

Pimp C (real name: Chad Butler) died unexpectedly of unknown causes on Tuesday in a Los Angeles hotel room. He was 33.

According to Pimp C's label, Rap-A-Lot Records, he was in California to perform a few spot dates alongside fellow veteran rapper Too Short. After family members didn't hear from Butler for several days, however, a phone call was placed to the Mondrian hotel and he was discovered alone dead in his room.

No official cause of death has been cited yet. An autopsy was conducted and results will be available in a few weeks.

The passing of the wildly popular rapper shocked many in the hip-hop community. Pimp, alongside his rhyming partner, Bun B, were wildly influential, with a slew of Southern artists — ranging from T.I. to Slim Thug to Paul Wall — all citing Pimp and Bun as major inspirations.

Bun B, the group's de-facto spokesman and respected voice within hip-hop, spoke with MTV News recently and expressed his sadness over his longtime friend's passing and thanked the group's fans for their outpouring of support.

"I know I'm not alone in my grief and my pain," Bun said. "And it's not just his family and closest friends — there was a lot of people who loved him, there was a lot of people that were hurt before, when he went to prison, and they carried us so far and held us up for so long. They brought us to where we are right now. I know they're hurting right now. I feel their pain, I hear their prayers, I hear them on the radio. And I thank them and I love them, and I just want them to know Pimp loved them too. There's nothing more that Pimp loved more beside his family and children than his fans. He appreciated them so dearly. And he knew what it meant because of the way he loved music, and the way he loved different people and to be admired like that.

"I just thank the fans for not being afraid to call in and say how much they loved him," he added. "Because his family and friends and myself included, we all need to hear that, and it's good to know that. I'm not alone right now. It's really good to know that, and I thank them for it. And I love them and he loved them, too."

For more on Pimp C's passing, read "UGK's Pimp C: An Underground Legend Who Defied The Mainstream and "UGK's Pimp C, Remembered By Sway Calloway."