Bushwick Bill passed away on Sunday night at 9:35 PM in Houston.
The rapper, real name Richard Shaw, was surrounded by his loved ones when he transitioned. He was 52.
His son, Javon, said his father’s final words were, “I love you forever.”
According to Bill’s rep, plans for a public memorial service are underway.
My sincerest condolences to the Shaw family and all who loved Bill.
Despite erroneous reports and a flurry of RIPs on social media, Bushwick Bill is not dead.
According to a statement from his family, the Geto Boys rapper, who is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, is still in the hospital fighting for his life.
Contrary to what has been prematurely, insensitively, and inaccurately posted – My dad IS NOT dead, he’s still alive and fighting for his life.
He needs your continued prayers and support. Certain people have been so quick to write him off as dead so they can capitalize off it, and it’s messed up because yall really think these people care about him.
There is no Geto Boys without Bushwick Bill.
Based off of the context clues it appears the “certain people” may be Scarface, who just announced he’s running for City Council in Houston.
He was one of the first people to take to social media to RIP Bushwick Bill.
I thought it was odd that he did not confirm Bill’s passing with his family first, but maybe their relationship is weird. Who knows…
Bushwick Bill has been hospitalized since May 24 with walking pneumonia and an infection in his lungs.
Bill also pulled out of the Geto Boys Reunion Tour and explained why:
I didn’t like the title. Simple. It didn’t speak life into my situation, but instead promoted the idea of impending death. I believe in the power of the tongue and speaking things into existence (whether you intend to or not.)
If the tour was speaking life and good health, cool. But if I got on stage and performed, then I’m basically agreeing that I’m starting a journey on a “long goodbye”. That’s not the energy I want to put out there. I refuse to even entertain that thought.
And anyone who genuinely cares about me wouldn’t support nothing of that nature either. I’m going to fight this cancer 💯. And with your support and prayers, I’m gonna beat it too. #GoodVibesOnly
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