UPDATE: Bushwick Bill has been confirmed to have died this evening in a statement to Rolling Stone. “Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 p.m. He was surrounded by his immediate family,” the rapper’s publicist Dawn P. said. “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.”
Original Story: Reports surfaced early Sunday that legendary rapper Richard “Bushwick Bill” Shaw of Getto Boys had passed at age 52. Since then, Shaw’s son has confirmed that the reports were incorrect. The rapper is still alive and currently battling stage four pancreatic cancer in the hospital.
Shaw’s daughter posted an update midday Sunday on his father’s official Instagram page. “My dad IS NOT dead, he’s still alive and fighting for his life,” his son wrote. “He needs your continued prayers and support.” The rapper’s daughter expressed her disappointment in Shaw’s friends for believing the news. “There is no Geto Boys without Bushwick Bill.”
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Contrary to what has been prematurely, insensitively, and inaccurately posted/reported – 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. Please repost to help combat the fake news. Thank you @tmz_tv & @realdawn_p for the updated report. On behalf of the family we’re requesting privacy until further notice. #news #bushwickbill #chuckwick #getoboys #tmz
TMZ and fellow Geto Boys member Scarface initially reported that Shaw had passed away. However, TMZ later updated their original story, reporting that a representative of Shaw’s said he was “still alive and fighting cancer” in the hospital. His family and friends are by his side. Scarface’s Instagram post announcing Shaw’s death has since been deleted.
Last February, Shaw was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. Since then, the iconic rapper has been in and out of the hospital for chemotherapy treatments and a case of pneumonia. The rapper was planning a Geto Boys reunion tour with fellow members Scarface and Willy D. According to TMZ, the reunion tour plans fell through when Shaw felt the promoters were exploiting his cancer diagnosis.