Bushwick Bill Wiki – Bushwick Bill Bio
TMZ reported False that Bushwick Bill had died of pancreatic cancer. Tributes to the rapper started pouring into social media. Even Scarface, a close friend of Bushwick Bill’s and a fellow member of the Geto Boys, took to Instagram to post about Bill’s death.
UPDATE: Bushwick Bill Is Not Dead, According To Publicist https://t.co/Y2N4losZSE
— sandala52 (@sandala52) June 9, 2019
But on Sunday afternoon, Bushwick Bill’s publicist reached out to TMZ to say that in fact, Buffalo Bill is still very much alive. The publicist said that Bill is “still alive and fighting cancer” in a hospital. She told TMZ that she spoke to hospital staff to confirm, and said some of Bill’s family members are by his hospital bedside right now. Others are on their way.
Bushwick Bill’s Instagram account also posted an update, which you can read here:
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Contrary to what has been prematurely, insensitively, and inaccurately posted/reported – My dad IS NOT dead, he’s still alive and fighting for his life. He needs your continued prayers and support. Certain people have been so quick to write him off as dead so they can capitalize off it, and it’s messed up because yall really think these people care about him. There is no Geto Boys without Bushwick Bill. Please repost to help combat the fake news. Thank you @tmz_tv & @realdawn_p for the updated report. On behalf of the family we’re requesting privacy until further notice. #news #bushwickbill #chuckwick #getoboys #tmz
“Contrary to what has been prematurely, insensitively, and inaccurately posted/reported – My dad IS NOT dead, he’s still alive and fighting for his life. He needs your continued prayers and support. Certain people have been so quick to write him off as dead so they can capitalize off it, and it’s messed up because yall really think these people care about him. There is no Geto Boys without Bushwick Bill. Thank you @tmz_tv & @realdawn_p for the updated report. On behalf of the family we’re requesting privacy until further notice.”
Bushwick Bill Career
Bushwick Bill can be heard on the album The Chronic by Dr. Dre; he 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.
#FakeNews #KPRC 2 #Houston You should be ASHAMED of yourselves! Ur job is to RESEARCH b4 going to print! Zero tolerance for this type of news. Deleting app& boycotting. He’s got family who have to read this BS when he’s still alive& fighting. SHAMEFUL #BushwickBill of #GetoBoys pic.twitter.com/X4Vktynx3o
— ?Jewely BlueCheck???? (@Jewel4Trump) June 9, 2019
In June 2013, Bushwick toured with the Geto Boys and was finishing an album, which was projected to be released later that year.
Bushwick Bill Background
Bushwick Bill was born under the name Richard Stephen Shaw in Kingston, Jamaica. His father was a merchant marine, and his mother was a maid. According to a source from the Houston Chronicle, he was a high school dropout and read at the fourth-grade level. He had failed a majority of courses in his freshman year in high school. Like actors Billy Barty and Herve Villechaize, he was a dwarf. His stage name came from the Brooklyn district that he lived in.
Shaw was born with dwarfism and was listed as 3 feet 8 inches tall.
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In the summer of 1991, Shaw shot himself in the eye during an argument with his girlfriend, losing his right eye in the process while under the influence of Everclear grain alcohol and PCP. The aftermath of the incident was documented on the album cover for Geto Boys’ 1991 album We Can’t Be Stopped, which shows Shaw being pushed through the hospital on a gurney by bandmates Willie D and Scarface. Shaw claims he “died and came back to life” during the incident, and has made reference to it in his music. In 2006, he became a born-again Christian.
The Rumors of Bushwick Bill’s Death Might Have Started After He Missed the First Show in His ‘Phuck Cancer’ Tour on June 8
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Rumors that Buffalo Bill had died started circulating after the Houston-born rapper missed a show on Saturday night. The long-awaited show, in Dallas, was being billed as the first show in a “Phuck Cancer” tour. Buffalo Bill wrote about his plans for the tour on Instagram, urging all his fans to buy tickets and saying, “Let’s start this off strong, ima need all ya good vibes and high energy.”
Sadly, Buffalo Bill himself wasn’t able to be at the first show of the ‘Phuck Cancer’ tour. He was confined to his hospital bed. And that, TMZ says, might be the reason why fans and even other Geto Boys started to think that Buffalo Bill had died. Buffalo Bill is diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He planned the “Phuck Cancer” tour as a way to showcase his fight against cancer. In fact, he wrote on Instagram that he got the idea for the ‘Phuck Cancer’ tour after he decided to pull out of the Geto Boys reunion tour. Here’s why Buffalo Bill said he pulled out of the “Final Farewell” tour:
Update: Bushwick Bill’s Son Says the Geto Boys Rapper Is “Fighting For His Life” Despite Reports of His Deathhttps://t.co/lDAgZhJOkV
— Deb (@Justustalking2) June 9, 2019
“I didn’t like the title. Simple. It didn’t speak life into my situation, but instead promoted the idea of impending death. I believe in the power of the tongue and speaking things into existence (whether you intend to or not.) If the tour was speaking life and good health, cool. But if I got on stage and performed, then I’m basically agreeing that I’m starting a journey on a “long goodbye”. That’s not the energy I want to put out there. I refuse to even entertain that thought. And anyone who genuinely cares about me wouldn’t support nothing of that nature either. I’m going to fight this cancer ?. And with your support and prayers, I’m gonna beat it too.”
Bushwick Bill Went Public About His Cancer Diagnosis Last Month & Vowed to Beat It
In late May, Bushwick Bill announced that he’d been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. He said that he’d started intense chemotherapy in February, after doctors first discovered the malignant mass on his pancreas. The rapper said that he waited a few months before telling Scarface and Willie D about the diagnosis. But, he told TMZ, he finally decided that it was best to go public with his diagnosis — he explained that he wanted to help others be more aware of health issues and raise awareness about cancer. “I been keeping it to myself, but I’m getting ready to tell Scarface and Willie D,” Bill told TMZ. “I’ve only told close family members, that’s about it, but I figured keeping it to myself is not really helping nobody.”
UPDATE: Bushwick Bill Is Not Dead, According To Publicist https://t.co/ztpRjTD2cd
— Tamara Jackson (@mara7636) June 9, 2019
Bushwick Bill, Scarface and Willie D formed the Geto Boys in 1988 in Houston. Their 1991 album “Can’t Be Stopped,” which included the classic “Mind Playing Tricks on Me,” went platinum.