Bushwick Bill dead at 52 – 3ft 8in US rapper dies after cancer battle telling son ‘I’ll love you forever’ with his last words
US rapper Bushwick Bill has died aged 52 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.
The 3ft 8in, one-eyed star's last words were "I will love you forever" before he passed away yesterday at 9.35 pm, his son Jason said.
There are conflicting reports as to which US state the musician died in.
His publicist told the Associated Press that he died at a Colorado hospital while TMZ reports that one of Bill's representatives said he passed away in Houston, Texas.
The rapper, whose real name was Richard Shaw, scored hits such as Mind Playing Tricks On Me and Six Feet Deep with group Geto Boys.
His Dallas-based business manager, Pete Marrero, said the rapper was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February.
I will love you forever
The musician, who was born with dwarfism, had been planning to go on tour around the time he was hospitalised.
In an interview with TMZ, Bill said he wasn't afraid of dying, referencing one of his songs, Ever So Clear,’ from his 1992 solo album.
On the track he talks about shooting himself in the head and losing an eye when he was high on drugs.
"I died and came back already on June 19, 1991 so I know what it's like on the other side," he said.
He said he was working on new music for the sake of his children.
LOST CANCER BATTLE
Bill said: "I notice when most celebrities pass, they really don't have nothing set up for their children and everything's in disarray so I figure, old music will sell but if I have new music for them.
“At least they will have residual income from those things."
The Houston-based Geto Boys was a trio consisting of Bill, Scarface and Willie D that launched in the late 1980s.
Their gritty verses punctuated by tales of violence, misogyny and hustling made them platinum sensations and showed that rap had strength outside the strongholds of New York and Los Angeles.
Bill, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, was the Texan group's most explosive member and played up his real-life chaos.
The cover of the Geto Boys We Can't Be Stopped features him on a gurney with a garish eye wound.
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