DALLAS—Representatives of pioneering rapper Bushwick Bill say he is hospitalized in critical condition but still alive, contrary to some reports.
Bill’s publicist, Dawn P., told The Associated Press that the rapper is on a ventilator at a Colorado hospital. She says hospital officials confirmed Bill’s condition on the morning of June 9 and that his family is traveling there to be with him.
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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
Pete Marrero, Bill’s Dallas-based business manager, says the 52-year-old was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February and is not expected to recover. Bill, whose legal name is Richard Shaw, had been planning to go on tour around the time he was hospitalized.
Houston rapper Bushwick Bill not dead; son corrects false report in Instagram posthttps://t.co/mRPjacMMrV
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) June 9, 2019
Bill is a founding member of iconic Houston rap group the Geto Boys. The Jamaica-born performer was widely reported to have passed Sunday after a bandmate wrote a post on Instagram suggesting he had died.
Bill told TMZ that he was diagnosed in February.
He said that he has been undergoing chemotherapy, but his prognosis is unclear.
“And I was like, stage 4? I have been getting tested for a mass but it was benign,” Bill told TMZ. “So, I am like could it be cancer? I was told it is mass with no purpose. So to find out, and pancreatic cancer is undetected until it’s in the fourth or fifth stage.”
He said he kept the diagnosis private until now.
“I have been keeping it to myself and I am getting ready to tell Scarface and Willie D [fellow Geto members]. I have only told close family members and that’s about it,” he continued. “But I figured keeping it to myself is not helping anybody. It’s not like I am afraid of dying, because if anyone knows anything about me then they know I died and came back already in June 19, 1991. So, I know what it is like on the other side and that really not what it’s about.”
The Geto Boys rose to fame in the early ’90s.
The group’s DJ, Ready Red, died from a heart attack last year.
The CNN Wire contributed to this report.