Manager Confirms Shifty Shellshock's Death Due to Accidental Overdose

Crazy Town's Shifty Shellshock battles addiction and legal woes

by Zain ul Abedin
Manager Confirms Shifty Shellshock's Death Due to Accidental Overdose
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Lead singer of Crazy Town, Shifty Shellshock, died of a drug-related issue at his Los Angeles home on Monday at age 49. Seth Binzer, the rapper more famously known by his stage name Shifty Shellshock, passed away due to an accidental drug overdose, his manager said.

It seems Crazy Town, who achieved fame with the general public with the help of the "Butterfly" song, which took over the radio and club airwaves, quickly rose to stardom, citing Howie Hubberman, Binzer’s manager, as saying that the addiction problems have plagued Binzer for many years as a result of the band hits.

Huberman shared his tragic experience with PEOPLE, "Seth Binzer, after struggling with addiction and Crazy Town's rapid success with 'Butterfly,' never was able to reach out on a more successful level to deal with his addictions," he said, "We all tried, but ultimately we all failed, or Shifty would still be here." What Hubberman described is a perfect cocktail of prescription and street drugs that dramatically cut Binzer’s life short."Shifty was a friend and really wanted to get himself fixed - unfortunately no one had the exact tools to do this, myself included." Hubberman transmits the difficulties of overcoming addiction.

Binzer's Public Struggles

The ordeal of Binzer had not been taken behind the stove as many people know who he is. He participated in several seasons of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab and Sober House, in which he usually addressed his foes with substance addiction.

Some of his criminal matters are the DUI arrest in April 2023, reported by TMZ, as well as the previous charges concerning drug possession and battery. Nevertheless, the crisis did not end with Binzer being in a coma in 2012; he regained consciousness but was not entirely fully well.

Shifty Shellshock came into the music scene in 1992, paving his way to fame with Bret Epic Mazur. It first started as the Brimstone Sluggers band and transformed into the Crazy Town band; some members included James Bradley Jr.

Their debut single, Butterfly, from the third album, The Gift of The Game, was very successful and reached the Top of the Billboard H-t 100, which was repeated in 2001. It was used in Something’s Gotta Give and Orange County movie soundtracks as well.

After the height of Crazy Town, the band put out two more albums in the decade, and Binzer branched out on his own to put out an album in 2004. In spite of their variable activity in the music industry, Crazy Town’s influence, especially during the band’s peak with Butterfly, is easily remembered as another point of interest in the late 90s and early 2000s music.