Geto boys rapper dead from cancer.
Blog King, Mass Appeal
HOUSTON — Unfortunately, our minds aren’t playing tricks on us. It’s confirmed. Bushwick Bill, the diminutive member of Houston rap trio “The Geto Boys,” passed away Sunday night amid complications from stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The Jamaican-born artist was 52. Several media outlets reported Bushwick died earlier that morning. Those circulations, however, were spurious. “Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 p.m. He was surrounded by his immediate family,” said Dawn P., Bushwick’s publicist.
“There were incorrect previous reports that he had passed away this morning. 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.”
— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) June 10, 2019
Bushwick (legal name Richard Shaw) learned he had the baneful sarcoma on February 8th when doctors discovered a malignancy on his pancreas. Rather than render the disquieting news confidential, Bushwick went the privy route during a chinwag with TMZ.
“I figure keeping it to myself is not really helping nobody, and I’m not really afraid of dying because if anyone knows anything about me from [his 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,” said the 3-foot-8 rapper.
In June 1991, Bushwick accidentally shot himself in the right eye following a donnybrook with his girlfriend. He admitted being under the influence of PCP and Everclear alcohol at the time.
Bushwick is survived by his son Javon Boutte.
RIP lil homie.
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