Bushwick Bill, a founding member of the groundbreaking Houston rap group Geto Boys, died on Sunday following a four-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 52.
After false reports of his death circulated Sunday morning, the rapper's son released a statement on Instagram refuting the news and asking for "continued prayers and support." On Sunday evening, his publicist confirmed to the Associated Press that he died surrounded by family at a hospital in Colorado.
In May, Bushwick Bill shared a video with the website TMZ talking about his treatment. “It’s not like I’m afraid of dying,” he said in a video clip he shared with the site. “If anyone knows anything about me from ‘Ever So Clear,’ I died and came back again already in June 19, 1991. So I know what it’s like on the other side.”
At the time, he said he was working on three albums, a book and a documentary now in the hopes that he could create residual income for his family.
Fellow rappers and fans took to social media to remember him.
"Bushwick Bill wasn’t supposed to be a star according to our society," rapper Talib Kweli wrote on Twitter and Instagram. "He defied every odd and became an institution. Along with Face and Willie D, he became the voice of a generation. The Geto Boys put the realities of the violence and mental illness we deal with in the Hood right in our faces long before we started saying “woke.” Who else would get shot in the eye and then say 'let’s do the album cover photo shoot right now!'" He posted a photo of the album cover for the Geto Boys' third album "We Can't Be Stopped," which pictures Bushwick Bill on a hospital bed following the shooting.
Bushwick Bill wasn’t supposed to be a star according to our society. He defied every odd and became an institution. Along with Face and Willie D, he became the voice of a generation. The Geto Boys put the realities…https://t.co/c2k0OvDvSF— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli)June 10, 2019
"April 7. The last time I saw him. He was, is and will always be a legend. God bless his soul and his family. There will never be another," fellow Houston rapper, Bun B wrote on Twitter.
April 7. The last time I saw him. He was, is and will always be a legend. God bless his soul and his family. There will never be another. RIP Bushwick Bill. Geto Boys.https://t.co/KUfgxHSAQa— Bun B (@BunBTrillOG)June 9, 2019
"Bushwick Bill's 'Ever So Clear' was such a powerful song and visual," Chicago music blogger, Andrew Barber wrote on Twitter. "The autobiographical tale detailed Bill's struggles w/ depression and substance abuse and explained how he lost his eye after a violent tussle only to end up using the image as a Geto Boys album cover."
Los Angeles radio station 93.5 KDAY, shared a clip from a video with Canadian music journalist Nardwuar, that summed up Bushwick Bill's personal philosophy. “They don’t really have to like me. What they need to do is love themselves, because I love me and like me and I’m happy with me,” he says in the clip.
“They don’t really have to like me. What they need to do is love themselves, because I love me and like me & I’m happy with me.”
Rest In Peace to the great#BushwickBill.