Tributes paid following the death of Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill

His son has released a statement online

Bushwick Bill has died at the age of 52, it has been confirmed.

The rapper and founding member of Houston group Geto Boys was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February. His death was announced only hours after his son stressed that he was “still alive” and fighting for his life.

A statement confirmed: ““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.”

Paying tribute, Three Six Mafia rapper Juicy J wrote on Twitter: “R.I.P. the Legend Bushwick Bill  prayers up for his family.”

Cypress Hill added: “The family of Bushwick Bill has now confirmed that the Geto Boy has passed away. Rest In Peace.”

Charlamagne Tha God said: “RIP Bushwick Bill. Geto Boys 4 life!!!”

Last month, Bushwick Bill’s Geto Boys announced plans for a farewell tour, which was later shelved. Bushwick Bill was said to have been unhappy with the name ‘The Beginning of a Long Goodbye: The Final Farewell’ as it  “made it seem like he was on his deathbed”.