Bushwick Bill has passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Fellow Geto Boys member Scarface confirmed Bill’s death in an Instagram post on Sunday (June 9).
“RIP Bushwick Bill,” he wrote. “You will be missed big fella.”
Geto Boys’ Willie D also reacted to Bill’s passing Instagram.
“This is Geto Boys for life,” he wrote. “#wecantbestopped #30yearsControversy.”
Earlier this year, Bill was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Last month, he was hospitalized with pneumonia, which he said he contracted after beginning chemotherapy.
The Geto Boys were attempting to tour on last time together due to Bill’s cancer diagnosis, but the shows were abruptly canceled in May. A TMZ report claimed he was unhappy about tour organizers exploiting his illness. However, Bill said it was actually due to his pneumonia.
“The rumor is I pulled out on the tour, but if my health was a concern then you would know about my health, not about me pulling out the tour,” he said. “This is a health issue. Pancreatic cancer. Chemo therapy gave me pneumonia.”
Bill, born Richard Shaw, was 52 years old. As part the Geto Boys, he established himself as a pioneer Southern Hip Hop and the horrorcore subgenre.
HipHopDX sends our condolences to the family, friends and fans the late Bushwick Bill.