Days prior to his passing, friends and family were asking for prayers for the New Orleans rapper, who was in grave condition following a surgery for a ruptured artery.
AceShowbiz -Rapper 5th Ward Weebie has passed away at 42 years old. The New Orleans artist, whose real name is Jerome Cosey, died on Thursday, January 9 from complications after suffering a heart attack, his close friend P Town Moe has confirmed.
Weebie had reportedly undergone surgery for a ruptured artery and died of related complications while still hospitalized. Earlier this week, his family and friends were asking for prayers for the rapper, who was in grave condition.
“First his kidneys went and they had him on a machine to get his kidneys back working, then his lungs went the next day,” Moe said in a video posted on his social media accounts. “I don’t know why God wanted him at this time, but my brother gone.”
He captioned the video, “I love you sooooooo much bro.” Finding it hard to believe that his close friend has gone, he added in another post, “My f***ing brother dog this s**t hurt @5thwardweebie u so wrong for leaving us like this bro.”
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell also paid tribute to Weebie, posting a statement on Instagram which read, “It broke my heart to learn that Jerome Cosey – our 5th Ward Weebie – has passed. Let me find out you didn’t know who he was … He was an iconic personality, a New Orleans legend, and a beloved friend. He was the Bounce King, who showed us how to move, how to love, and how to bring passion and humanity to everything we do. New Orleans has lost a cornerstone of our culture. Our City will not be the same without his voice and his spirit. May he rest in God’s perfect peace.”
Further sharing Weebie’s achievements in music, she added, “5th Ward Weebie was a driving force in New Orleans’ Bounce music scene, producing such hits as ‘Get Out The Way’ and ‘Let Me Find Out’ along with a cathartic single about Hurricane Katrina. Most recently he performed at our Black and Gold Pep Rally in the lobby of City Hall in advance of the New Orleans Saints’ game against the Saints’ 33-27 win over the Seattle Seahawks.”
Weebie is known for helping pioneer bounce music sound in New Orleans for decades. He started to gain popularity in the 1990s and scored a regional hit with “F*** Katrina”, which was released in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also also collaborated with Lil Wayne on the single “Bend It Ova” and rap duo Partners-N-Crime‘s 2009 hit “So Attracted”.
He returned with a humorous song titled “Let Me Find Out” in 2014 and its popularity made Snoop Dogg and the Roots‘ Questlove proclaim themselves Weebie’s fans.
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