Dem Franchize Boyz Member Buddie Passes Away From Cancer: Report
Sad news hits the hip-hop community as Dem Franchize Boyz member Buddie has reportedly died.
News broke of the passing on Sunday (Aug. 25). First revealed via the group's Instagram page, the post shows a series of photos of the rapper along with the solemn caption, "R.I.P Buddie you Will be Missed #demfranchizeboyz."
Jermaine Dupri, who signed the group to his So So Def label in 2005, also confirmed the tragic revelation. "'They call me Doctor Doc I prescribe what a nigga need," he posted on Instagram, quoting Buddie's verse from the hit song, "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It." "#ripbuddy may your soul rest easy #demfranchiseboyz. #fuckcancer."
DFB member Parlae also spread the news on IG, posting a photo of the rapper with Rest in Paradise written over it. "#RestEasyBuddie aka WeeFli 🕊#DemFranchizeBoyz #DFB #DemFranchiseBoys," he added.
Da Brat offered condolences to her former label mate as well. "#RIPBUDDY #demfranchizeboyz #🖕🏽cancer," she captioned photos of the rapper.
Details on the passing are scarce. It appears Gerald "Buddie" Tiller had been battling with cancer for a while.
Buddie was one of the foursome who made up the Atlanta group Dem Franchize Boyz that came to prominence in the mid-2000s during the snap music era. The group landed hits with the singles "White Tee," "Oh, I Think They Like Me" and "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It." They released three albums Dem Franchize Boyz (2004), On Top of Our Game (2006) and Our World, Our Way (2008), and haven't been active since the release of the 2011 mixtape Voltron.
Last year, the group was scheduled to reunite for Jermaine Dupri's So So Def 25th Anniversary Cultural Curren$y Tour, which was cancelled.
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