Hip hop legend Bushwick Bill has died at the age of 52. A cause of death was not confirmed, but the rapper had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year. Born Richard Steven Shaw, Bushwick Bill landed on the hip hop scene as one-third of the hip hop group Geto Boys. Bushwick Bill was born with dwarfism and suffered from joint pain. That didn’t stop him from being a dynamic performer and prolific lyricist.

From the late 80’s until early 90’s, The Geto Boys released six albums and were known for the hits “Mind’s Playing Tricks on Me,” G Code,” “The World is a Ghetto,” and “Still.” Bushwich Bill also enjoyed solo success from 1992 until 2010. The Geto Boys also reunited in 2005, releasing their final album The Foundation.

Bushwick Bill died Sunday at 9:35 p.m., local time, at a Colorado hospital, surrounded by family. We send heartfelt condolences to his fans and loved ones.