Bushwick Bill Dead at 52
Bill’s reps confirm he died Sunday evening surrounded by family at 9:35 PM in Houston. His publicist says plans are underway for a public memorial.His son, Javon, tells TMZ … Bill’s final words were, “I will love you forever.”Bushwick Bill,
Real name Richard Shaw, was 52.
TMZ broke the story … Bill was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February. Just last month, he told us he was undergoing intensive chemotherapy, and had hoped to get back on the road.Bushwick Bill, Scarface and Willie D became the Geto Boys in Houston back in 1988 and signed with J. Prince‘s Rap-A-Lot Records. The group was instantly controversial for its graphic lyrics which made radio airplay almost impossible. Their 1991 album “Can’t Be Stopped” still went platinum, though, on the strength of classics like, “Mind Playing Tricks On Me.”Just a few weeks ago, the rap trio was trying to put together a reunion, but it fell apart at the last minute.As we first reported, Bill had a falling out with tour organizers … feeling like they were exploiting his cancer diagnosis to sell tickets. He was especially bent out of shape with the mini-tour’s title, “The Beginning of a Long Goodbye: The Final Farewell.”Promoters pulled the plug on the tour on the eve of its launch. However, Bill told us he wanted to do a 20-city solo tour called “Phuck Cancer” … and planned to donate a portion of proceeds to pancreatic cancer patients in each city.