Sunday, August 2, 2009

We lose another in the world of HIPHOp.

Titus (Baatin) Glover: Rapper cofounded Slum Village


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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified the gallery where the public remembrance for Titus (Baatin) Glover was scheduled to be held. This report is correct.

Titus (Baatin) Glover, the Detroit rapper who cofounded the much-acclaimed Slum Village, did not appear to die from foul play, authorities said today.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office said it found no evidence of trauma on Glover’s body and that examiners are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to shed more light on his death. The tests could take seven weeks to complete.

The Detroit Police Department said it isn’t treating the death as a homicide, unless the medical examiner provides information to the contrary. Police provided no additional details about the circumstances of his death.

Mr. Glover's body was found Saturday morning in the 14000 block of Anglin Street and is at the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, family friend Ty Townson said.

There was speculation on the Internet on Saturday that Mr. Glover was shot but, according to Townson, who was at the scene as Mr. Glover's body was taken away, there was no indication he was involved in a shooting.

Glover's mother, Alberta Glover, said Saturday that she doesn't know anything about how her son died. She said she's waiting for the medical examiner to tell the family something either today or Monday.

Detroit Police Department spokesman John Roach said Saturday he did not know a cause of death. The medical examiner's office would not comment Saturday.

Funeral arrangements are not yet set. Friends and family members are to gather for a public remembrance at 8 tonight at 5 E Gallery, 2125 Michigan Ave. in Detroit.

Mr. Glover, who turned 35 in March, left Slum Village in 2002, later telling the Free Press he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He continued to record and play occasional solo dates before returning to the Slum fold for the group's upcoming album, "Villa Manifesto," due Sept. 22.

He was with the group for its gig at the Rock the Bells Tour stop in June at DTE Energy Music Theatre and performed last week in a video shoot for Slum's new single, "Cloud 9."

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