A Mississippi judge has issued an arrest warrant for rapper Timothy “Tim Dog” Blair.
Blair was convicted of grand larceny in 2011 for a music business scam. He was reported dead earlier this year (Feb. 14).
Esther Pilgrim, whom he convinced to invest $32,000 in his “business” after meeting her on an online dating site, roused suspicion that he may have faked his death. She hired a private investigator and compelled a local news station to investigate as well.
“I believe he was so angry that he had to pay me back,” she told Memphis, Tennessee’s WREG. Blair was ordered to pay Pilgrim $100 per month. She said once news spread of his death, the payments stopped, but she’s still owed $19,000.
Prosecutor Steve Jubera said, “I need proof … I need a death certificate showing that’s he’s dead because as far as I’m concerned, he’s alive.”
Reportedly, the news station helping Pilgrim investigate spoke to an affiliate of Blair’s. Ced-Gee, Ultramagnetic MCs member and producer of Blair’s most popular song, “F— Compton,” said that he refused to speak at Blair’s funeral because he did not see a death certificate, and, further, that he’s not even certain a funeral took place. Ultramagnetic MCs associate Kool Keith chose to perform an honorary set to acknowledge Blair’s death.
Jubera also said, if Blair’s family can produce a death certificate, he can drop the arrest warrant.