Crazy Town singer Shifty Shellshock's manager shares details of star's 'cause of death'

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By Kim Novak

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The manager of Crazy Town singer Shifty Shellshock has opened up on the star's alleged cause of death.

Shifty Shellshock - whose birthname was Seth Binzer - died on June 24 at the age of 49.

Binzer is best known for his role in the band Crazy Town, who had hits including 'Butterfly' and 'Revolving Door'.

The band's long-time manager Howie Hubberman has now opened up about the star's alleged cause of death.

GettyImages-1579710523 (1).jpgShifty Shellshock died aged 49. Credit: Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Rockefellas Studio

Speaking to People, he claimed the singer passed away following an accidental drug overdose.

He said in a statement: "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.

"We all tried, but ultimately we all failed, or Shifty would still be here."

Hubberman added: "The cause of death was a combination of prescription drugs and street purchased drugs.

"Shifty was a friend and really wanted to get himself fixed — unfortunately no one had the exact tools to do this, myself included."

GettyImages-111242561.jpgBinzer had been open about his struggles with drugs. Credit: Chris Weeks/WireImage/Getty Images

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has not yet listed an official cause of death for Binzer pending the return of toxicology reports.

Binzer had been open about his struggles with substance abuse throughout his career, and had also appeared on VH1 shows including Celebrity Rehab and Sober House.

He had also faced run-ins with the law and was arrested in 2012 on charges of battery and drug possession, according to TMZ at the time, and Variety reported he was also arrested on DUI charges a decade later.

Binzer was also hospitalized in 2012 after losing consciousness and falling into a coma, before recovering, Variety reported.

Binzer began his music career in 1992 alongside bandmate Bret 'Epic' Mazur, forming the group Brimstone Sluggers, which became Crazy Town in 1995.


After adding musicians Rust Epique, James Bradley Jr., Doug Miller, Adam Goldstein, and Antonio Lorenzo 'Trouble' Valli, Crazy Town's debut album, The Gift of Game, arrived in 1999.

Their third single 'Butterfly' became their best-known song, being their first and only hit to make the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

They released their second album in 2002 before splitting the following year, after which Binzer pursued a solo career and released an album, and the band have had several reunions.

Featured image credit: Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Rockefellas Studio

Crazy Town singer Shifty Shellshock's manager shares details of star's 'cause of death'

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By Kim Novak

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The manager of Crazy Town singer Shifty Shellshock has opened up on the star's alleged cause of death.

Shifty Shellshock - whose birthname was Seth Binzer - died on June 24 at the age of 49.

Binzer is best known for his role in the band Crazy Town, who had hits including 'Butterfly' and 'Revolving Door'.

The band's long-time manager Howie Hubberman has now opened up about the star's alleged cause of death.

GettyImages-1579710523 (1).jpgShifty Shellshock died aged 49. Credit: Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Rockefellas Studio

Speaking to People, he claimed the singer passed away following an accidental drug overdose.

He said in a statement: "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.

"We all tried, but ultimately we all failed, or Shifty would still be here."

Hubberman added: "The cause of death was a combination of prescription drugs and street purchased drugs.

"Shifty was a friend and really wanted to get himself fixed — unfortunately no one had the exact tools to do this, myself included."

GettyImages-111242561.jpgBinzer had been open about his struggles with drugs. Credit: Chris Weeks/WireImage/Getty Images

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner has not yet listed an official cause of death for Binzer pending the return of toxicology reports.

Binzer had been open about his struggles with substance abuse throughout his career, and had also appeared on VH1 shows including Celebrity Rehab and Sober House.

He had also faced run-ins with the law and was arrested in 2012 on charges of battery and drug possession, according to TMZ at the time, and Variety reported he was also arrested on DUI charges a decade later.

Binzer was also hospitalized in 2012 after losing consciousness and falling into a coma, before recovering, Variety reported.

Binzer began his music career in 1992 alongside bandmate Bret 'Epic' Mazur, forming the group Brimstone Sluggers, which became Crazy Town in 1995.


After adding musicians Rust Epique, James Bradley Jr., Doug Miller, Adam Goldstein, and Antonio Lorenzo 'Trouble' Valli, Crazy Town's debut album, The Gift of Game, arrived in 1999.

Their third single 'Butterfly' became their best-known song, being their first and only hit to make the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

They released their second album in 2002 before splitting the following year, after which Binzer pursued a solo career and released an album, and the band have had several reunions.

Featured image credit: Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Rockefellas Studio