2004 – Ol’ Dirty Bastard, a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan and one of the most eccentric personalities in hip-hop, dies of a drug overdose in New York. He would have turned 36 two days later. The rapper, whose real name was Russell Tyrone. Jones, was having difficulty breathing and complained of chest pains earlier in the day, according to his spokesperson. Later autopsies show a fatal mixture of cocaine and the prescription drug Tramadol, a synthetic opiate that is usually prescribed to treat severe pain.