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Sad news out of the world of hip hop. Bushwick Bill, one third of the pioneering southern hip hop group The Geto Boys, died Sunday after a bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 52. Bill, born Richard Shaw in Kingston, Jamaica, began his career with the group in 1986 as a dancer. At that time, he was known as Little Billy. Bill went public with the news of his diagnosis in May, for which he received  intensive chemotherapy  treatment. Friends and fans rallied around Bill as his  health worsened, and more recently, his representative confirmed that he was on a ventilator at a Colorado hospital. The Geto Boys, born and bred in Houston, TX, placed seven albums in the Billboard 200. “Resurrection” reached No. 6 in 1996. They also placed three singles in the Billboard Hot 100, including “Mind Playing Tricks On Me”, which was released in 1992. When news broke of Bill’s health problems broke, the group hit the road for a string of concerts titled The Beginning Of A Long Goodbye, with proceeds going to support pancreatic cancer awareness. Bill was reportedly working on three albums, which he hoped would generate residual income for his survivors. Former band mate DJ Ready Red passed away in 2018  of a heart attack at age 53.

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