Shifty Shellshock's family breaks silence following Crazy Town singer's death


Shifty Shellshock’s family have spoken out following the Crazy Town frontman’s accidental drug overdose death.

She remembered the late singer – whose real name was Seth Binzer – in an emotional statement to The Sun on Saturday.

“To Seth, the world was art — he loved every part of it, from music and fashion to graffiti, skateboarding and his hometown of Los Angeles,” the statement began. “He loved his three sons more than anything, and his dedication to his music and fans never wavered.”

Shifty Shellshock with his family at the Echo Emmys Celebrity Chateau on September 17, 2011. WireImage

The family said Shellshock “has struggled with addiction throughout his life, and doing so in a very public forum was particularly challenging.”

“God knows he tried so hard to defeat his demons, but sadly, he lost his battle,” she added. “We are heartbroken by his loss. Seth's larger-than-life presence touched so many. Seth was a troubled soul, but he was a beautiful spirit and had a heart of gold.”

“He will live on through his three sons, who were his proudest accomplishments; Halo, Gage, and Phoenix,” the statement concluded.

Shifty Shellshock performing at Download Festival 2014. Redferns via Getty Images

Shellshock died at his home in Los Angeles on June 24. He was 49.

Crazy Town's manager Howie Huberman confirmed that the singer died of an accidental drug overdose.

“Seth Binzer, after battling addiction and finding rapid success with Crazy Town’s ‘Butterfly,’ was never able to reach a more successful level of dealing with his addiction,” Haberman told People. “We all tried, but ultimately we all failed, or Shifty would still be here.”

Shifty Shellshock at the 2013 Wavefront Music Festival. Getty Images

Shellshock's struggle with addiction was showcased to the public when he appeared on Seasons 1 and 2 of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”

He was addicted to cocaine and stimulant drugs when he was on the reality show.

He also appeared on both seasons of “Celebrity Rehab” follow-up show “Sober House” in 2009 and 2010.

Shifty Shellshock at the 25th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas on December 13, 2014. Gabriel Olsson

The “Butterfly” singer spoke about his addiction and the impact it had on his career on “The Punk Rock MBA” podcast in March 2023.

“I think I was too wild to stay here for long,” Shellshock said. “I managed to go through a lot of crazy stuff, and got to the point where I started thinking, 'I want to live.'”

“It's a whole new way of living that you have to teach yourself slowly,” he said. “To do it right, you have to do more than just want it. Every day now is about finding inner peace and taking care of yourself.”


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