Geto Boys rapper Bushwick Bill dead at 52 from pancreatic cancer

Carla Harmon
June 10, 2019

The legendary Geto Boys member was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this year, and was forced to cancel the planned Geto Boys reunion due to the illness.

Over the past few hours, rappers from Busta Rhymes and Biz Markie to Snoop Dogg have saluted BB's legacy.

Bushwick Bill - a founding member of the iconic Texan hip-hop group Geto Boys and the self-described inventor of horrorcore - has died.

Bill's publicist, Dawn P., told The Associated Press that the rapper is on a ventilator at a Colorado hospital.

In an interview with TMZ, Bushwick Bill said he wasn't afraid of dying, referencing one of his songs, "Ever So Clear", from his 1992 solo album, where he talks about shooting himself in the head and losing an eye when he was high on drugs.

The report sent social media in a flurry, prompting the other members of Geto Boys to post tribute messages to their fellow member, as well as a post by Houston's Bun B, with the caption "OG Bushwick Bill #RIPBushwickBill".

A few hours prior, Bushwick's family issued a statement shutting down initial death reports. He also hinted at some friction between Bill and unnamed industry people.

The group originally consisted of Bushwick Bill, Prince Johnny C, The Sire Jukebox, Sir Rap-A-Lot, Raheem and DJ Ready Red, but the group split following a little success of debut album "Making Trouble".

"Hours later, TMZ walked back its story, with an updated headline", BUSHWICK BILL GETO BOYS RAPPER NOT DEAD. She said hospital officials confirmed his condition on Sunday morning and that his family was traveling to be with him.

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