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Shock G died from accidental overdose of meth, alcohol and fentanyl, records show

The medical examiner’s office in Hillsborough County released the rapper’s cause of death on Thursday afternoon.
In this photo provided by Nzazi Malonga, Shock G, left, poses at the "All Eyez On Me" film premiere in Los Angeles on June 14, 2017. Shock G, who blended whimsical wordplay with reverence for '70s funk as leader of the off-kilter hip-hop group Digital Underground, has died. He was 57. Nzazi Malonga, a longtime friend who served as head of security and helped manage the group, said the rapper-producer was found unresponsive Thursday, April 22, 2021, in a hotel room in Tampa, Fla. (Nzazi Malonga via AP)
In this photo provided by Nzazi Malonga, Shock G, left, poses at the "All Eyez On Me" film premiere in Los Angeles on June 14, 2017. Shock G, who blended whimsical wordplay with reverence for '70s funk as leader of the off-kilter hip-hop group Digital Underground, has died. He was 57. Nzazi Malonga, a longtime friend who served as head of security and helped manage the group, said the rapper-producer was found unresponsive Thursday, April 22, 2021, in a hotel room in Tampa, Fla. (Nzazi Malonga via AP) [ NZAZI MALONGA | AP ]
Published Jun. 10
Updated Jun. 10

TAMPA — Hip-hop artist Shock G died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, alcohol and methamphetamine prior to being found unreponsive at a Tampa hotel in April, new records show.

Gregory Edward Jacobs’ cause of death was previously unreported, though records show that the 57-year-old struggled with drug use ahead of his death. The latest details were outlined in an “initial case summary” released by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner.

Related: Rapper Shock G struggled with drug use in Tampa before his death, records show

The former rapper had been staying at Vista Inn and Suites on E Bearss Avenue. He was due to check out on April 22 but hadn’t left his room, the document said. So the hotel manager went to Jacobs’ room to check on him.

Rapper Gregory Jacobs, known as Shock G  and Humpty Hump, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead in this Vista Inn and Suites on E Bearss Avenue in Tampa on April 22, records show.
Rapper Gregory Jacobs, known as Shock G and Humpty Hump, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead in this Vista Inn and Suites on E Bearss Avenue in Tampa on April 22, records show. [ DENNIS JOYCE | Times ]

That’s where Jacobs was discovered unconscious on a bed. First responders with Tampa Fire Rescue were called and later pronounced him dead.

The report said there were no obvious signs of trauma and that Jacobs had a history of alcohol and methamphetamine abuse.

Michelle VanDyke, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office, said in an email that Jacobs’ final autopsy report has not been finalized.

Jacobs was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but spent much of his childhood in Tampa. He rapped under the aliases of Shock G, Humpty Hump and Piano Man on classic raps like The Humpty Dance and Doowutchyalike as part of a storied musical career that included collaborations with artists such as Prince, Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur.

The address listed for the former rapper on the report was a house in Lutz. His funeral was held on May 1 in Tampa.

Related: ‘We lost another legend.’ Friends, family say goodbye to Shock G in Tampa.
The funeral service for rapper Gregory Jacobs, aka Shock G,  at Allen Temple AME Church in Tampa Saturday, Mat 1, 2021.
The funeral service for rapper Gregory Jacobs, aka Shock G, at Allen Temple AME Church in Tampa Saturday, Mat 1, 2021. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]