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Rapper Bushwick Bill has passed away at age 52 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
The star's representative confirmed to TMZ that he had passed away at 9:35PM in Houston on Sunday.
Confirmation - Rapper - Family - Friends - Reports
The confirmation comes after the rapper's family and friends publicly denied initial reports Bill had died.
The 3ft 8in rapper - whose real name is Richard Stephen Shaw - was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February, according to TMZ.
Chemotherapy - Road - Website
He was undergoing undergoing intensive chemotherapy, and had hoped to get back on the road, says the website.
His publicist told TMZ a public memorial is planned.
Member - Texas - Hip - Hop - Group
The member of the pioneering Texas hip hop group Geto Boys said the rapper was 'still alive and fighting cancer' according to his publicist, who corrected TMZ's earlier report.
Bill's son also claimed his father was still with us, but 'fighting for his life' via social media Sunday.
Instagram - 'Contrary - Dad - NOT - Life
Writing on Instagram, he shared: '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.
Geto - Boys - Bushwick - Bill - Repost
'There is no Geto Boys without Bushwick Bill. Please repost to help combat the fake news. Thank you @tmz_tv
for the updated report.
'On behalf of the family we’re requesting privacy until further notice. #news #bushwickbill...
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