Beloved rapper Bushwick Bill has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The rapper, who helped make the Houston-based Geto Boys a legendary rap group, told TMZ that he is undergoing intensive chemotherapy to treat the often-fatal disease, but that its too early to tell how his body is reacting to the treatments.
Bill said he received the sad diagnosis back in February. He said doctors initially told him a concerning mass on his pancreas was “benign” or non-cancerous.
Unfortunately, he said he was shocked when he was later told the opposite.
Bill said he kept news of his situation private, telling only family members, and not even confiding in his fellow Geto Boys’ members, Scarface and Willie D. But Bill is now ready to let the world know what he’s fighting.
The Geto Boys were founded in Houston in 1986 and the Jamaican-born Bushwick Bill became the group’s most easily recognizable performer, especially since he stands at only 3’8″; Bill, birth name Richard Stephen Shaw, was born with Dwarfism.
Bill lost his right eye after he shot himself during an argument with his girlfriend in 1991; a photo of Bill on a hospital gurney the night of the shooting is featured on the group’s We Can’t Be Stopped album that dropped the same year.
Bill said he’s not afraid of dying, but will keep fighting.
Prayers are with Bushwick Bill and his family.