By Vibe Staff
Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill has passed away, the Associated Press confirms. Bill reportedly passed away on Sunday (June 9) after suffering from pancreatic cancer. He was 52 years old.
Earlier this past weekend, false reports surrounding Bushwick’s death hit the Internet. Fellow Geto Boys’ member, Scarface, along with other hip-hop leaders shared tributes on social media, but Bill’s son’s released a statement refuting reports that his father had passed.
Bushwick Bill, born Richard Stephen Shaw, was raised in Brooklyn where he was a b-boy and graffiti artist. He rose to notoriety in the late 1980s as a dancer named “Little Billy.” He later went on to pioneer the Texas hip-hop group, Geto Boys along with Willie D and Scarface. Bill’s most notable songs include, “Size Ain’t Sh*t” and “Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta.”
In May 2019, Bushwick Bill announced that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Although he initially kept it a secret from his group mates and his fans, he said that he came forward to hopefully help someone else. “I just want people to be aware so that when they set dreams and goals, they’re healthy enough to fulfill it and live,” he told TMZ in May 2019.
This article originally appeared in VIBE.