Bushwick Bill Of The Geto Boys Dies At 52- Tha Wire
Today in Tha Wire, it's with a heavy heart to reveal that Robert Shaw, best known as Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys has died. He was only 52. The Houston icon's publicist, Dawn P. announced the sad news on behalf of his family to Rolling Stone saying,
“Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 p.m. He was surrounded by his immediate family. There were incorrect previous reports that he had passed away this morning. 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.”
However, it didn't come without a little confusion. Somehow his former group mates Scareface and Willie D were misinformed about the timing of his passing. Allhiphop reports the two rap pioneers took to Instagram Sunday morning (June 9 2019) with their grief and paid tribute to their longtime friend. Problem was...Bushwick was alive. At least one of the posts was taken down shortly after the mishap. What made it bad was their announcements caused an outpouring of sympathy posts from thousands of celebs, friends and fans around the globe.
I don't think there was any malice intent on their part, but understandably Bushwick's family was furious they broke the news before verifying whether or not it was even true. His daughter and son Javon immediately issued a statement to IG denying the claims. His son called the two iconic rap stars out for taking it upon themselves to announce the incorrect information to the world.
Last month the late rap legend revealed that he had stage-4 Pancreatic Cancer via video interview with TMZ. The rap superstar has had his share of health problems, being born with dwarfism. Not that he's ever let it define who he was, or stand in his way the condition comes with lifelong medical challenges. The iconic music star also suffered a gun shot wound that took his eye, after a drug induced incident with a girlfriend in 1991. Below he talks about that incident as well as being shocked to learn he had cancer, much less to learn it was in it's final stages. Hear in his own words why he decided to reveal what he was going through.
Javon told TMZ, his dads last words were, "I will love you forever." The Rolling Stone reports there are plans for a public memorial service. “Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 p.m. He was surrounded by his immediate family,” the rapper’s publicist Dawn P. tells Rolling Stone. “There were incorrect previous reports that he had passed away this morning. 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.”