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Bushwick Bill’s Family Launches GoFundMe Page After Reports of Fake Memorials

Oyin Balogun
Jun 24, 2019
07:13 P.M.
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Bushwick Bill’s Family have come forward to solicit for help and also expose scammers who have reportedly been setting up fake memorial events.


Veteran American rapper Richard Shaw, who is popularly called Bushwick Bill, passed away a few weeks ago. His bereaved family have set up a GoFundMe page and encouraged fans to donate the little they can to help provide for “his family’s expenses, as well as carry out Bill’s final wish that his four kids are financially taken care of.”


Bushwick’s family wrote on the page describing one of the reasons they have decided to set up the page. It reads:

“This was created in response to the hundreds of people that have reached out and inquired about how they can help.”

They also stated that another motivation is to kill off the numerous fake accounts that have been set up by fraudsters who are soliciting for money on behalf of the late entertainer.

According to them, there has been an uprising of “unauthorized” memorial events which are reportedly created to raise funds for Bushwick Bill’s family. 


It is coming so soon following Bushwick’s untimely demise on June 9 and when the family is still mourning the loss of the star too. However, their move can be deemed a wise one as they have come forward to fight off the fraudsters publicly.

They concluded their public message imploring fans to either donate or share the link of the page with others. The message reads:

“Whether you’re donating or sharing this page, we thank you, and we appreciate your support.”

When Bushwick’s family first discovered the fake memorials, it was his daughter, Delmira that came forward to raise awareness about the criminal activities.  She said:


“Over the last few days, several people promoted events, claiming to be the ‘official’ Bushwick Bill memorial, in an attempt to make money. The family is in NO WAY affiliated with these events.”


It is indeed saddening to learn that some people want to feed off of Bushwick’s death and especially so close to when his family is still mourning his tragic demise. Bushwick’s career spanned over decades since he first started in 1986 as a member of the pioneering Texas hip hop group “Geto Boys.”

The Jamaican-American star was only 52 years old at the time of his death. Just the month before that, the talented rapper had publicly announced his stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis.

While many realized the imminent danger the disease posed, his death still came unexpectedly, and many have come forward to comfort his bereaved family. 

May his soul rest in peace.