The US rapper who inspired the character of TURTLE in Mark Wahlberg's TV show ENTOURAGE has died. He was 39.

Massachusetts-native DONNIE CARROLL collapsed in his fiancee's arms on Sunday night (18DEC04) after suffering an asthma attack, reports the New York Post.

Boogie Nights actor Wahlberg is executive producer of the HBO show, which follows a Hollywood actor and his entourage and is loosely based on his Hollywood lifestyle.