Bushwick Bill dies aged 52
Geto Boys star Bushwick Bill has died at the age of 52.
The rapper's death was confirmed on Sunday, despite one of his children initially denying erroneous reports of his passing earlier in the day.
A statement issued by the star's publicist Dawn P. read: "[Bushwick Bill] passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 p.m.
"We are looking into doing a public memorial at a later date. His family appreciates all of the prayers and support and are asking for privacy at this time."
Pete Marrero, Bill’s Dallas-based business manager, said the star, who was born with dwarfism, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February. Bill, whose legal name is Richard Shaw, had been planning to go on tour around the time he was hospitalised.
The early death rumours emerged after Bill failed to make a special appearance at a concert in Dallas, Texas on Saturday. However, his representative insisted organisers knew in advance he was not well enough to perform.
He had planned to launch his own tour, called Phuck Cancer, weeks after pulling out of plans for a Geto Boys farewell trek, which was arranged in the wake of the ailing MC's diagnosis reveal.
The MC cancelled the string of shows because he reportedly felt promoters were trying to sell tickets on the back of his cancer battle.
Following the speculation that Bill had died earlier on Sunday, one of his children took to his Instagram page to set the record straight, writing: "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 (sic) really think these people care about him. There is no Geto Boys without Bushwick Bill...
"On behalf of the family we're requesting privacy until further notice."