Bushwick Bill has lost his battle with cancer.

A core member of the Geto Boys, Bill “passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 p.m,” reads a statement issued Sunday by the late rapper’s publicist. “His family appreciates all of the prayers and support and are asking for privacy at this time.” He was 52.

In May of this year, Bill, born Richard Shaw in Kingston, Jamaica, went public about his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis, for which he was receiving intensive chemotherapy treatments. Friends and fans rallied behind him as his situation worsened and, in recent days, his reps confirmed he was on a ventilator at a Colorado hospital.

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When news broke of Bill’s acute health problems, the southern hip-hop pioneers hit the road on a string of concerts, dubbed The Beginning of a Long Goodbye, with a portion of proceeds going to support pancreatic cancer awareness. He was also said to be working on three albums, which he hoped would generate residual income for his survivors.

A public memorial for Bushwick Bill will be held at a date to be determined.

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