The musician, whose birth name was Richard Stephen Shaw, died at 9:35 p.m. local time at a Colorado hospital, his publicist Dawn P. told the Associated Press. She says she spoke to hospital staff to confirm, and says some of Bill's family members are by his hospital bedside right now. Born in 1966, Bill joined the pioneering Texas rap group in 1986 as a dancer, before transitioning to rapping. The Jamaica-born performer was widely reported to have passed Sunday after a bandmate wrote a post on Instagram suggesting he had died.More news: Champions League: Tottenham defender Danny Rose reminded of loss to Liverpool
"And I was like, stage 4?" TMZ also posits that the rumors of his death may have stemmed from Bill canceling a performance in Dallas on Saturday night. I've been getting tested and they said it was just a mass but it was benign. I was told it is mass with no objective.
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.More news: Cops arrest suspected serial killer linked to Detroit sex worker slayings
He said he kept the diagnosis private until now. It's not like I am afraid of dying, because if anyone knows anything about me then they know I died and came back already in June 19, 1991.
Rapper Bushwick Bill arrives at the G.O.O.D Music "Heavenly" Grammy After Party held at The Lot Studios in Los Angeles, Calif., on February 8, 2006.More news: Yuvraj Singh Retires from International Cricket
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.