Bushwick Bill

Richard Stephen Shaw, known professionally as rapper Bushwick Bill from the rap trio Geto Boys, died Sunday night of pancreatic cancer. He was 52.

There were incorrect reports that he passed away Sunday morning, but a statement from his publicist said he died that evening.

“Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 p.m. He was surrounded by his immediate family,” the statement read. “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.”

Shaw recently announced his battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“‘We see a mass on your pancreas and we can’t understand it. It’s not alcohol, it’s not sugar, it’s not diabetes,” Shaw said in an interview with TMZ “They went through all kinds of stuff. And finally, by February 8th, they said it was stage 4 [pancreatic] cancer.”

He was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Brooklyn, NY. But his career as a rapper came through Houston rap group Geto Boys –originally joining the group in the late 1980s as a backup dancer.

You must be logged in to react.
Click any reaction to login.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.