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Geto Boys Rapper Bushwick Dead at 52

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Geto Boys Rapper Bushwick Dead at 52

UPDATE 10:29 AM PT — A rep for rapper Bushwick Bill confirmed his passing on Sunday in a statement Rolling Stone, saying, “Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 p.m. He was surrounded by his immediate family … We are looking into doing a public memorial at a later date. His family appreciates […]

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10:29 AM PT — A rep for rapper Bushwick Bill confirmed his passing on Sunday in a statement Rolling Stone, saying, “Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 p.m. He was surrounded by his immediate family … We are looking into doing a public memorial at a later date. His family appreciates all of the prayers and support and are asking for privacy at this time.”

10:29 AM PT — Scarface has deleted both of his Instagram posts saying Bushwick Bill had died. He added a post saying, “Cheat it again Bill ” … which he then deleted a short time later.

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10:05 AM PT — Bushwick Bill’s son is now saying he is NOT dead.

An update to his Instagram page reads, “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.”

The original story about the news of his passing remains below. We will update as more information becomes available.

Bushwick Bill — a rapper with the group Geto Boys — passed away after a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, a fellow member of the group announced on Sunday morning. He was 52.

Scarface, a fellow member of Geto Boys, broke the news when he shared a photo of the two together on his Instagram page on Sunday morning, captioning it simply, “RIP Bushwick Bill.”

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Bun B shared a memory of the late rapper as well, posting a photo and writing, “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.”

The rapper revealed last month he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The Geto Boys canceled a reunion tour because of the diagnosis.

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Bushwick Bill (real name: Richard Stephen Shaw) was born in Jamaica with dwarfism and has been listed as 3’8″ tall. He lost his right eye after being shot by his mom while high on PCP.

The Geto Boys were perhaps best known for their song “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” but movie fans know their work from the infamous scene from “Office Space” when the main characters destroy a printer as the song “Still” plays in the background.



Killer Mike and Questlove were among those paid their respects to the late rapper on social media.








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