One-Eyed Rapper Bushwick Bill Has Passed Away At 52: He Was Diagnosed With Cancer In February

June 11, 2019 14:45

Cancer has engulfed millions of lives. But the ones that are diminished right before our eyes are hardest to get over. We have lost a great artist who ruled the rap industry from the 90s until now.

Born as Richard Stephen Shaw on December 8, 1966, this Jamaican-American rapper introduced himself to the world with a stage name Bushwick Bill. He brought the most attention to himself as a member of the pioneering hip hop band, Geto Boys, which he had originally joined as a dancer in 1986. Bill went on to become one-third of the best-known incarnation of the group, besides Willie D and Scarface.

Death at 52

According to Bushwick's publicist, Dawn P., he passed away on Sunday, June 9, at 9:35 p.m., local time in a Colorado hospital. He was 52.

His Dallas-based manager, Pete Marrero, revealed that the diminutive rapper was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in February this year. He kept planning to go on a tour around the time he remained in medical care.

Once he spoke to TMZ and confessed he might not be afraid of dying, saying:

I died and came back already on June 19, 1991, so I know what it's like on the other side.

Back then, under the influence of alcohol, Bill had shot himself during an argument with his girlfriend. His one eye was permanently damaged. This incident was referred to in my of his songs.

People paid tributes to him

We are sure the message Bill wanted to convey through his rap has been delivered. He channeled his tragedies through music and now, he is finally laid to rest. Share this and send your condolences to the family.