“We all tried, but ultimately, we all failed,” says Shifty’s manager Howie Hubberman

Crazy Town singer Shifty Shellshock (real name Seth Binzer) passed away on Monday, June 24. The Los Angeles musician was 49 years old when he died. On the day of his death, the details of how and why it happened were not made public. Today, Shifty’s representative Howie Hubberman revealed to Rolling Stone the cause of the vocalist’s death.

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It doesn’t come as a surprise, unfortunately. Crazy Town co-founder died of an accidental drug overdose, People reported. Hubberman confirmed the singer’s death “was a combination of prescription drugs and street-purchased drugs.” Shifty “never was able to reach out on a more successful level to deal with his addictions,” Hubberman opened up to People in a statement published Thursday.

“We all tried, but ultimately, we all failed, or Shifty would still be here,” Hubberman added. Shifty suffered from drug problems throughout his whole life. In 2008, he participated in the reality show “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew”, which followed the lives of celebrities with substance abuse problems. He also starred in the second season of the show a year later. A spin-off series called Sober House saw Shifty in two seasons as well. In 2012, the musician even fell into a coma due to a drug overdose.

“Shifty was a friend and really wanted to get himself fixed,” Hubberman said. “Unfortunately no one had the exact tools to do this, myself included.”

Binzer formed one of the staples of rap-rock of 2000s Crazy Town, whose most successful hit ‘Butterfly’ (2000) you might not have heard only if you live on an uninhabited island. Crazy Town split in 2003 but reunited in 2007. ‘Butterfly’ was a track on Crazy Town’s second album The Gift of Game. Throughout their career, the band released three albums.

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