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Arrest warrant issued for 'late' rapper Tim Dog

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May 22, 2013 | 1:36pm EDT

An arrest warrant has been issued for veteran rapper Tim Dog - three months after his alleged death. The New York native, real name Timothy Blair, was a longtime diabetes sufferer and was widely reported to have passed away on 14 February (13), following a seizure. However, Mississippi prosecutor Steven Jubera claims he has yet to receive any proof confirming the 46 year old's death, so he has managed to obtain a warrant for the hip-hop star's arrest. Jubera says, "I need proof. I need a death certificate showing that's he's dead because, as far as I'm concerned, he's alive. Nobody said where he died, nobody said where he was buried, which is very odd for an obituary... At the bare minimum he would get arrested and sit in jail until his court hearing." The warrant relates to Blair's 2011 conviction for grand larceny, after he confessed to targeting Ester Pilgrim for money that he claimed would be used to resurrect his music career. He reached a plea deal to avoid a stint in jail, and was ordered to give $19,000 (£12,258) in restitution to his victim, but he failed to settle the debt before his passing. Pilgrim recently voiced her suspicions about the circumstances surrounding Blair's death, prompting Jubera to revisit the case.

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