Geto Boys founder Bushwick Bill is in hospital battling pancreatic cancer.
Despite reports that the 52-year-old rapper had died, his daughter shared a statement on social media asking for ‘continued prayers and support’ for her father to pull through.
She also hinted that others wanted to believe Bushwick Bill had died ‘so they can capitalise off it’.
In a lengthy post on Instagram, she said: ‘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.’
The musician’s publicist told TMZ that Bill is ‘still alive and fighting cancer’ adding that some of his family members are by his side.
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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
Earlier reports claimed that Bill had died, with Geto Boys member Scarface sharing the news in a now-deleted post on Instagram.
Rapper Ice Cube had also paid tribute to him on Twitter, saying: ‘Rest in Beats to my homeboy Bushwick Bill from the trigger-happy mothafuckin’ GETO BOYZ. He never backed down, even tho he was low to the ground. A true original.’
Bushwick Bill had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February and was undergoing chemotherapy.
The Geto Boys, which also included Willie D, formed in Houston in 1998.
They were known for such tracks as Mind Playing Tricks On Me an Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta.
The trio were apparently trying to organise a reunion tour but it fell through when Bill reportedly fell out with the tour organisers.
TMZ also report that he took issue with the name of the tour, The Beginning of a Long Goodbye: The Final Farewell.
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