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Rapper Bo$$ dead at 54, Cause of death

BY Sharmeen Hussain Mar 13, 2024. 01:45 am UPDATED: Mar 13, 2024. 01:45 am

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Lichelle Marie Laws, a.k.a. rapper Boss, passed away at the age of 54.

The rapper, who was originally from Detroit, was the first female signee of Def Jam Records. Her fellow rapper Bun B revealed her death on social media.

Alongside a photo of the singer, he wrote: “Rest in peace to my big sis Lichelle Laws AKA Boss. One of the best female MCs and a dear friend.”Her reason of death is still unknown. 2011 saw the diagnosis of kidney illness for Boss, whose name was frequently stylized as Bo$$. Bo$$, who was born and reared in Detroit, relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his education at Oakland University.

Her lone solo album, Born Gangstaz, was her debut studio album, released in 1993. Featuring AMG and Erick Sermon as special guests, it peaked at number three on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

She experienced renal failure in 1999 and had to spend three and a half years on dialysis. In a 2004 interview with Metro Times, she discussed her struggle with health.

“Every complication that you have with it [bad kidneys] I had it,” she told the publication. “They told my mama I wouldn’t live past Thursday.”

In 2017 a GoFundMe account was set up in her name to help her get a kidney transplant after she suffered a stroke and seizure. In May last year, the final update on the page said: “I know it’s been a while for some of you guys. I just wanted to stop by and let everyone know that Boss is doing good.

“We still are working through some challenges but the healing journey continues. Thank you for all the well wishes, thoughts and prayers. Love and light. Boss and the Management Team.”

Tributes poured in for the star as fans learned of her passing. One wrote: “Ahhhhhhh damnnnnn. I was a huge fan. Progress Of Elimination is one of my all time favs.”

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“Man I always loved her,” added a second. Fellow artist DJ Premier took to Instagram with his own tribute. He wrote in the caption: “Damn! R.I.P. BO$$. Condolences to your family…SALUTE DETROIT!”

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