Lil Wayne on stage for Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival - SAT, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY August 22, 2015. Photo By: Steven Ferdman/Everett Collection

Lil Wayne mourns police officer who saved him from suicide

Lil Wayne is mourning and has paid tribute to the late police officer who helped him when he shot himself aged 12..

The “Lollipop” hitmaker has previously spoken about his admiration for Robert Hoobler, who he called ‘Uncle Bob,’ after the cop saved his life when he was just 12-years-old, but the former officer died on Friday, leading the 39-year-old rapper to  vow to ‘live for’ his friend.

Sharing a photo of Hoobler, Wayne posted on Instagram: ‘Everything happens for a reason. I was dying when I met you at this very spot. U refused to let me die. Everything that doesn’t happen, doesn’t happen for a reason.  

‘That reason being you and faith. RIP uncle Bob. Aunt Kathie has been waiting for you. I’ll miss you both and live for us all.’

Born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., Lil Wayne is an American rapper and record executive. He is commonly regarded as one of the most influential hip hop artistes of his generation, and often cited as one of the greatest rappers of all time. His career began in 1995, at the age of 12, when he was signed by rapper Birdman, joining Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label. From then on, Wayne was the flagship artiste of Cash Money Records before ending his association with the company in June 2018.

In 1995, Wayne was put in a duo with label-mate B.G. (at the time known as Lil Doogie) and they recorded an album, True Story, released that year, although Wayne (at the time known as Baby D) only appeared on three tracks. Wayne and B.G. soon joined the southern hip hop group Hot Boys, with Cash Money label-mates Juvenile and Turk in 1997; they released their debut album Get It How U Live! in October that year. The Hot Boys became popular following the release of the album Guerrilla Warfare (1999) and the song “Bling Bling”.

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