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UGK rapper Pimp C's death was the result of an overdose that was triggered by a large consumption of codeine medication combined with a pre-existing sleep condition, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. He was As one-half of UGK, along with rhyme partner Bun B, Pimp C was instrumental in shaping the sound and influence of Southern rap, which dominates hip-hop today. Cough medicine combined with a number of mixers is a popular beverage in some Southern regions. Initial reports at the time of his death suggested the rapper had over-the-counter codeine in his possession. Pimp C also suffered from sleep apnea, which causes blockage of the airways during sleep. The assistant chief coroner in the L.