June 4, 2020
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*UPDATED* Bushwick Bill Dead at 52; Violent J releases statement.

Updated [6/10/19 @ 6:30 AM CST]: Last night, after numerous false reports, Bushwick Bill officially passed away after fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  He was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing.  You can read the updated article here: https://www.tmz.com/2019/06/09/bushwick-bill-dead-dies-pancreatic-cancer-geto-boys

Updated [6/9/19 @ 11:33 AM CST]: Apparently, Bushwick Bill is still alive and fighting cancer.  His publicist reached out to TMZ to confirm that his family is by his side in the hospital.  See the updated article here: https://www.tmz.com/2019/06/09/bushwick-bill-dead-dies-pancreatic-cancer-geto-boys/#

Original Post: It is with a heavy heart that I bring you some terrible news.  Rapper and hip-hop legend Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys has succumbed to his battle with pancreatic cancer at 52.  In recent weeks, fans of Bushwick and the Geto Boys were hopeful to see them onstage once again.  Even after the full Geto Boys tour was canceled, Gathering-bound Juggalos were assured that they would still see a performance from the trio at the Soopa Gathering.

Cancer is a motherfucker.  RIP to a pioneer in the industry.

Violent J of the Insane Clown Posse was quick to send out his thoughts and condolences via socials this morning.

You can see J’s thoughts via ICP’s Facebook below:

RIP Bushwick Bill. I can’t even tell you how much your music has meant to me and what being inspired by your music has done for me and my life. I wouldn’t even know where to begin. It’s endless. You will be greatly missed. We’ll rock with you again on the other side my friend. God bless you homie.. VJ

Spin this classic all day in his memory:



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    Faygoluvers Comments

  1. Jake Jeckel

    Jake Jeckel

    Comment posted on Sunday, June 9th, 2019 12:27 pm GMT -5 at 12:27 pm

    I know you’re fighting an uphill battle, but don’t let the bastard win Bill.



    Comment posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019 05:21 am GMT -5 at 5:21 am

    8:45 PM PT — Bill’s reps confirm he died Sunday evening surrounded by family at 9:35 PM in Houston. His publicist says plans are underway for a public memorial.

    His son, Javon, tells TMZ … Bill’s final words were, “I will love you forever.”

    Bushwick Bill, real name Richard Shaw, was 52.


  3. Naptownjuggalo


    Comment posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019 06:19 am GMT -5 at 6:19 am

    Dam dam dam dam! Thoughts and prayers to the family. True pioneer. Didn’t let that bad shit get him. He made something if himself. Rip Bushwick 🙏🏻



    Comment posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019 07:05 am GMT -5 at 7:05 am

    RIP CHUCKIE you will be missed but never forgotten!!! See you in Shangri la fam!!!

  5. Noawareness


    Comment posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019 09:16 am GMT -5 at 9:16 am

    Fuck man. One of my favourite ever memories is doing mushrooms with him at the gathering in Ohio, on the final night, in 2003. We were tripping and he just disappeared into the woods alone. The next time I saw him he was walking out of the woods, in the distance, at like 5am, as the sun was coming up, using a branch as a staff. I shouted him and he held up his branch and just kept walking… Never saw him again. Probably the coolest person I’ve ever met. RIP.

  6. FuckmeFuck


    Comment posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019 04:14 pm GMT -5 at 4:14 pm

    Best gathering EVER

  7. FuckmeFuck


    Comment posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019 04:13 pm GMT -5 at 4:13 pm

    Much Clown Luv Bushwick Bill R.I.P.

  8. Jake Jeckel

    Jake Jeckel

    Comment posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019 11:36 pm GMT -5 at 11:36 pm

    Damn. I was hoping he could pull out the W on this. Cancer is a mother fucker, I hate it, I’ve lost too many people to it that I have a general hatred towards it. But RIP and rock Shangri-La the only way that you can Bushwick Bill MCL.

  9. byron166long


    Comment posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 02:41 am GMT -5 at 2:41 am

    Man this really fucking sucks. RIP homie, one of the best MCs to ever rock a mic.

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