Crazy Town’s Shifty Shellshock dead at 49

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Shifty Shellshock of Crazy Town Passes Away at 49

Shifty Shellshock, the iconic lead singer of the rap-rock group Crazy Town, has passed away at the age of 49. The Los Angeles medical examiner released documents confirming that Shifty Shellshock, whose real name was Seth Binzer, died on June 24th at his home. As of now, no cause of death has been provided.

Crazy Town’s Rise to Fame with “Butterfly”

Crazy Town, formed in 1995, achieved mainstream success in 2000 with their breakout single “Butterfly.” The track, which has been streamed over 400 million times on Spotify, topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and reached number one in several other countries, including Denmark, Germany, Greece, and Norway. The success of “Butterfly” propelled their debut album to the ninth position on the U.S. charts and earned it Platinum status, selling over a million units.

Challenges and Comebacks

Despite their early success, Crazy Town struggled to maintain their momentum. Their second album, Darkhorse (2002), was a commercial failure, leading to the band’s disbandment. Almost a decade later, Crazy Town reunited, releasing their third and final album, The Brimstone Sluggers, in 2015. Over time, several original band members departed, but Binzer continued to tour with a new version of the band, Crazy Town X.

Shifty Shellshock’s Solo Career and Personal Struggles

Outside of Crazy Town, Shifty Shellshock pursued a solo career and notably collaborated with Paul Oakenfold on the hit single “Starry Eyed Surprise,” which achieved success in the United Kingdom. Binzer’s career was also marked by his public struggles with addiction. He sought help through reality TV programs like Celebrity Rehab and Sober House.

Recent Incidents and Tour Challenges

In 2023, Crazy Town faced turmoil on the road. They were kicked off a tour with Hed PE following an on-stage altercation between Binzer and his bandmate Bobby Reeves in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Binzer arrived late to the concert, attacked Reeves, and was subsequently arrested for DUI. Hed PE frontman Jared Gomes commented on the situation, stating, “Seth needs help … we can’t just sit by while he’s on the road battling demons to the death.”

Legacy and Surviving Family

Shifty Shellshock is survived by his three children. As of now, no official statement has been released by his family or Crazy Town regarding his passing. This is a developing story, and more details are expected to emerge.

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