Updated 6/10/19 6:35 a.m. – According to his publicist, Dawn P., Bushwick Bill died on Sunday at the age of 52. She told The Associated Press that the rapper died Sunday at 9:35 p.m., local time, at a Colorado hospital. The publicist says the rapper, whose legal name is Richard Shaw, was surrounded by family when he died.
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Representatives of pioneering rapper Bushwick Bill say he is hospitalized in critical condition but still alive, contrary to some reports.. The Jamaica-born performer was widely reported to have passed Sunday after a bandmate wrote a post on Instagram suggesting he had died. However Bill’s publicist told The Associated Press that the rapper is on a ventilator at a Colorado hospital as of Sunday, and that his family is traveling there to be with him.
Pete Marrero, Bill’s Dallas-based business manager, says the 52-year-old was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February .Bill, whose legal name is Richard Shaw, had been planning to go on tour around the time he was hospitalized. He’s a founding member of iconic Houston rap group the Geto Boys.