Following a serious battle with pancreatic cancer, Geto Boys founding member Bushwick Bill has passed away.
The Jamaican-American rapper – born in Richard Shaw – was 52.
Speaking with TMZ last month, he revealed doctors had diagnosed him with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. They had initially thought he only had a benign mass.
“We see a mass on your pancreas and we can’t understand it. It’s not alcohol, it’s not sugar, it’s not diabetes. They went through all kinds stuff. And finally, by February 8th, they said it was stage 4 pancreatic] cancer.”
The rapper added pancreatic cancer usually remains undetected until its fourth or fifth stage.
Speaking about a 1991 incident when he accidentally shot himself in the eye, Shaw said he no longer feared passing away.
“I figure keeping it to myself is not really helping nobody, and I’m not really afraid dying because if anyone knows anything about me from my 1992 song] ‘Ever So Clear,’ I died and came back already in June 1991, so I know what it’s like on the other side.”
Rapping about the incident on his solo 1992 album, Little Big Man, he sang,
“I ran and got the gun and came back to her / Loaded it up and handed the gat to her. / I grabbed her hand and placed the gun to my eye muscle / She screamed, ‘Stop’ and then we broke into another tussle / Yo, during the fight, the gun went f quick / Damn! Aw s—t, I’m hit.”
In a statement, Bushwick Bill’s publicist, Dawn P., explained about the rapper’s passing,
“Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 p.m. He was surrounded by his immediate family.
“There were incorrect previous reports that he had passed away this morning. We’re looking into doing a public memorial at a later date. His family appreciates all the prayers and support and are asking for privacy at this time.”
As previously stated, he formed a part Houston rap group, Geto Boys. Bushwick appeared in 7 the group’s 8 albums. Geto Boys’ hits featuring Shaw include ‘The World is a Ghetto,’ ‘Mind Playing Tricks on Me,’ and ‘Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta.’
Sending tributes to Bill’s family, Insane Clown Posse wrote on Twitter,
“RIP Bushwick Bill. I can’t even tell you how much your music has meant to me and what being inspired by your music has done for me and my life. I wouldn’t even know where to begin. You will be greatly missed. We’ll rock with you again on the other side. God bless you, homie.”
Cypress Hill added,
“The family Bushwick Bill has now confirmed that the Geto Boy has passed away. Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻”
Featured image posted by Cypress Hill (Twitter).