Rapper Bushwick Bill still alive says publicist after reports of death

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Reports surfaced early Sunday that legendary rapper Richard "Bushwick Bill" Shaw of Getto Boys had passed at age 52.

Bill's publicist told TMZ that she confirmed with hospital staff that he's still alive and that his family is by his bedside, while noting that Scarface's post was attributed to misinformation that then caught on like wildfire. She said hospital officials confirmed his condition on Sunday morning and that his family was traveling to be with him. At 3 feet 8 inches tall, he became one of the groups most memorable contributors, and his image graced the cover of Geto Boys' 1991 album We Can't Be Stopped, which depicts groupmates Scarface and Willie D rushing Shaw to the hospital after shooting his own eye out in the summer of 1991.

He stressed, "There is no Geto Boys without Bushwick Bill".

"It's not like I'm afraid of dying", he told TMZ. Last month, Bill released a video describing the chemotherapy treatment he'd been receiving for his Stage 4 cancer.

"And I was like, stage 4?" I've been getting tested and they said it was just a mass but it was benign. "So, I am like could it be cancer?"

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He said he kept the diagnosis private until now. "But I figured keeping it to myself is not helping anybody. So, I know what it is like on the other side and that really not what it's about".

Houston rapper Bushwick Bill is still alive despite initial reports suggesting he died.

He appeared on FOX 26's The Isiah Factor Uncensored on May 17 and talked with Isiah Carey about his fight with cancer, the scheduled Geto Boys tour, which later fell apart and writing new songs.

The group's DJ, Ready Red, died from a heart attack a year ago.

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