Bushwick Bill, co-founder of Geto Boys, has died age 52
Bushwick Bill, the co-founder of Geto Boys, has died aged 52.
Far Out reported last month that Bill had revealed a stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis and had been undergoing intensive chemotherapy.
Born Richard Shaw, Bill originally joined Geto Boys as a dancer in 1986, he went on to become one third of the best-known incarnation of the group, alongside Willie D and Scarface.
After revealing his illness, the rapper had confirmed plans to release three new albums having held preliminary discussions about creating both a book and documentary feature.
Having initially kept the news private, 52-year-old previously explained that the news of cancer came as a major shock after doctors originally told him, after months of tests, that the mass on his pancreas was benign.
Bushwick Bill can be heard on the album The Chronic by Dr. Dre and also appears in the video of ‘Dre Day’ as one of Eazy-E’s fellow rappers.
His 1998 album, No Surrender…No Retreat, was dedicated to his friend Gil Epstein, a Fort Bend County prosecutor who was shot dead in Houston, Texas, in 1996.
His last major musical performance came in 2013 when he toured with the Geto Boys and finishing recording a new album later that year.