UPDATE: TMZ is walking back their initial report about Bushwick Bill's death, noting that the Geto Boys rapper is "still alive and fighting cancer" in the hospital. The site reports that Bill's publicist has spoken to the hospital's staff and confirmed that he has not passed. The publicist tells TMZ that someone received incorrect information regarding Bill's state of health, and now that false information is spreading like wildfire across the Internet. Billboard will update this story as more information becomes available.
Bushwick Bill, a founding member of iconic Houston hip-hop group the Geto Boys, has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 52.
Fellow Geto Boys member Scarface announced the sad news on Instagram Sunday (June 9). "RIP Bushwick Bill….," the rapper captioned a photo of himself alongside Bill.
In early May, Bill went public about his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis. At the time, the Houston native was undergoing intensive chemotherapy treatments, but the original diagnosis came as a complete surprise because he was continually having a mass on his pancreas tested, which doctors had said to be benign.
Bill also said he was working on three albums, which he hoped would serve as residual income for his children and family.
Around the same time fans learned about Bill's cancer diagnosis, the Geto Boys announced a string of farewell concerts, titled "The Beginning of a Long Goodbye: The Final Farewell." The mini-tour ended up falling apart at the last minute.
Fellow Geto Boy Willie D also paid tribute to Bill's passing on social media. "This is Geto Boys for life. #WeCantBeStopped #30yearsofControversy," he captioned photos of the trio.
Former Geto Boys member DJ Ready Red passed away in 2018 due to a heart attack.