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Geto Boys’ rapper Bushwick Bill fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer, reports say
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Geto Boys’ rapper Bushwick Bill fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer, reports say

Geto Boys’ rapper Bushwick Bill fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer, reports say
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Rapper Bushwick Bill of The Geto Boys performs onstage during Beach Goth Festival at Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Geto Boys’ rapper Bushwick Bill fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer, reports say

Houston rapper and co-founder of the group Geto Boys, Bushwick Bill, has gone public with his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis, according to media reports.

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The musician told TMZ that he was diagnosed with the life-threatening disease in February and that he’s undergoing intensive chemotherapy treatments.

“I have been getting tested for a mass, but it was benign,” Bill, 52, told TMZ. “So, I am like could it be cancer? I was told it is mass with no purpose. So, to find out, and pancreatic cancer is undetected until it's in the fourth or fifth stage.”

Bill said he had been keeping the diagnosis private, only telling family members, but decided to go public 

“I have been keeping it to myself and I am getting ready to tell Scarface and Willie D [ Geto Boys members]. I have only told close family members and that's about it," he said. "But I figured keeping it to myself is not helping anybody. 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. So, I know what it is like on the other side and that really not what it's about.”

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Bill shot himself in the eye in 1991 during a fight with his girlfriend and survived the shooting.

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(L-R) Scarface, Bushwick Bill and Willie D of the Geto Boys perform on stage at the Growlers 6 festival at the LA Waterfront on October 29, 2017 in San Pedro, California.
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Geto Boys’ rapper Bushwick Bill fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer, reports say

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(L-R) Scarface, Bushwick Bill and Willie D of the Geto Boys perform on stage at the Growlers 6 festival at the LA Waterfront on October 29, 2017 in San Pedro, California.

He told TMZ he’ll keep fighting the illness and making music.

Geto Boys’ hits include “G.E.T.O,” “Still” and “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.”

The group lost its DJ, Ready Red, last year to a heart attack.

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