Saint Dog, Founding Member Of SoCal Rap Group Kottonmouth Kings, Dies at 44 – Saint Dog, a founding member of the hip-hop band Kottonmouth Kings, has died.
Saint Dog, Founding Member Of SoCal Rap Group Kottonmouth Kings, Dies at 44:
Saint Dog, who was a founding member of the Southern California hip-hop group Kottonmouth Kings, has died at age 44, according to his management.
The rapper, born Steven Michael Thronson, was found unresponsive at a friend’s home in Victorville, California, around midnight early Wednesday morning, according to a release from the San Bernardino Sheriff Department. Saint Dog was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
Saint Dog’s friend found the star struggling to breathe in a bedroom and called 911 for help. An autopsy will be performed to determine Saint Dog’s cause of death, which is being investigated by the sheriff’s department.
Saint Dog’s death was confirmed by his management in a post shared on his Instagram on Wednesday afternoon, reading: “Rest In Peace, Rest In Power to a true underground legend.”
“Saint Dog aka Saint Vicious passed away yesterday in Southern California,” his management said in the statement. “Saint was a unique individual that had a profound impact on anyone he came in contact with. While Saint is no longer with us, his music will live on forever. Rest easy, King.”
His record label, Suburban Noize Records, announced his death on Wednesday on Instagram.
“Our brother Steven ‘Saint Dog’ Thronson left us yesterday. We will miss you and your big heart. You were one of a kind and our hearts our broken,” the post reads. “But we promise to keep your legacy alive threw your music. Everyone please take some time and say a few words or tell a story about our fallen brother below. He touched so many and we will keep his legacy thriving. 🙏👑♠️ #RIPSaintDog.”
Kottonmouth Kings Rapper Saint Dog Dead:
Saint Dog founded Kottonmouth Kings with Daddy X, D-Loc, Lou Dog and DJ Bobby B in 1996.
He appeared in the group first two EPs, 1998’s “Stoners Reeking Havoc” and1999’s “Hidden Stash,” as well as Kottonmouth King’s debut studio album “Royal Highness.”
Following three releases with the Southern California group, Saint Dog left the band to pursue a solo career. His debut solo album, “Ghetto Guide,” was released in 2004.
After collaborating with several other acts and dropping his second solo album, “USA (Unconformable Social Amputees),” Saint Dog returned to Kottonmouth Kings to appear as a featured artist on their 2015 record, “Krown Power.”
He officially rejoined the lineup in 2018 to release “Kingdom Come.”
Saint Dog’s third and final solo album, “Bozo,” was released on Aug. 2, 2019.
Many of his former bandmates paid tribute to the artist on Instagram, including D-Loc, Richter, and DJ Bobby B.
“Your memories will never fade to black and Your voice will always be with us. A true legend on the mic when he bust,” D-Loc wrote. “My teacher when it came to this rapping He wrote the first songs. Bump and so high and I packed a bong. We took a trip to Hollywood and got a record deal. Beatboxing in the club flexing mad skills. Broke as a joke scraping resin no green. Big plans big dream’s just kids we started Kottonmouth King’s. Rest in peace and pay respect to the original the king of all kings. SAINT DOG”
Rapper Rick Dogg said in a statement shared on social media, “Saddened to hear the loss of, not only a legend in the rap game, but fellow @force5records family member 😔.”
“Rest easy @saint.dog,” he added.