Bushwick Bill, a co-founding member of rap group Geto Boys, dies of cancer at 52. His death was confirmed by his publicist Dawn P. on Instagram. “Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully today at 9:35 p.m. His family appreciates all of the prayers and support, He will truly be missed,” she wrote.

There had been some controversy before the announcement of his death when a message was posted to his Instagram account by his son. “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,” he posted.

However, the death was eventually confirmed. Fans and fellow artists have shared their condolences on Dawn P.’s post.

Bill announced that he was sick back in May during an interview with TMZ, confirming that he had been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. He also shared that he was not afraid of death, especially following the near death experience he had encountered years before when he was shot in the head and survived. “I know what’s on the other side.” he said.

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