TIM DOG UPDATE: Did the Rapper Fake His Own Death to Escape the Failed Pyramid Scheme He Started in the Dominican Republic?
If you’re unfamiliar with the increasingly odd tale of Tim Dog, let’s all get caught up to speed. On Valentine’s Day of this year, Tim Dog—the rapper whose song “Fuck Compton” provided the spark that lit the fire of the East Coast/West Coast rap feud and had remained a connoisseur’s choice for years—died. Except, maybe he didn’t. A Mississippi woman by the name of Esther Pilgrim alleged that Tim Dog, otherwise known as Timothy Blair, was faking his death in part to get out of paying her a $19,000 debt he incurred as part of his parole on a grand larceny conviction for swindling Pilgrim and many other women out of their savings. His scamming was outlined in detail in an NBC Dateline special which you can find on YouTube here. A court had ordered him to pay her back at a rate of at least $100 per month over a span of five years. If Tim Dog is indeed found to be alive, he’ll be arrested for violating the terms of his probation.
But that won’t necessarily happen, because there’s still a pretty good chance that Tim Dog is deceased. For one, faking one’s death is an intensely fantastical act, and plain common sense suggests if it seems like Tim Dog died, that’s probably what happened. He could have died out of his home state of Georgia or even out of the country, which would make producing a death certificate significantly more difficult. However, I spoke with Tim Blair’s father over the phone, and he said—with justifiable ire that a member of the press was contacting him—that his son died of a stroke, and that there’s a death certificate on file in the State of Georgia.
I placed calls to the Fulton County coroner’s office as well as the Fulton County Office of the Medical Examiner asking if their records showed that a Timothy Blair had passed through their offices. They did not. Esther Pilgrim and I have been in close contact, and she gave me Tim Blair’s Social Security Number, which I verified through the Lexis Nexis database, then ran through their database of death records. I found nothing.