Lil Wayne Reacts To The Death Of The Officer Who Saved His Life At The Age Of 12: I'll Love & Miss Y
Lil Wayne Reacts To The Death Of The Officer Who Saved His Life At The Age Of 12: I'll Love & Miss You
The ex-New Orleans police officer who saved Lil Wayne from a childhood suicide attempt has passed away.
On Friday, July 22nd, Robert Hoobler was found dead in his Louisiana home. Although his exact cause of death isn't clear, the 65-year-old reportedly battled ongoing health issues following a car wreck and a bout with diabetes.
Lil Wayne has since spoken out about the news in a recent Instagram post.
Everything happens for a reason. I was dying when I met u 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 been waiting for u. I'll love & miss u both and live for us all.
Throughout his career, the celebrated rapper hasn't missed a moment to pay homage to Robert Hoobler, aka "Uncle Bob," who saved Lil Wayne's life after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest in 1994.
During a 2021 episode of Uncomfortable Conversations with Emmanuel Acho, the Grammy-award-winning icon opened up about his struggles with mental health at a young age.
When asked about the moment he realized that he was hurting mentally, Wayne said:
I realized that at a every young age. Young, yeah, as a kid, around ten. When I was told that I couldn't have what I wanted, what I dreamed of, and what I desired-and that was to rap. I was willing to die for it.
Wayne shared that he dealt with thoughts of killing himself as a child. According to the 39-year-old lyricist, the fear of losing his dream of music weighed heavily on him.
His breaking point was after his mom found out that he had been skipping school and he was afraid that she would prohibit him from pursuing rap.
Later in the interview, because of it, he revealed that he tried to take his life at just 12 years old.
I picked up the phone, [and I] called the police. Yes, I knew where [my mother] kept her gun. It was in her bedroom. And so I went in the bedroom, grabbed the gun. I [had] already made the phone call. [I] looked in the mirror.
After attempting to shoot himself in the head, Wayne said he stopped himself but eventually continued.
"I said, 'F*ck it.' Biggie was on. I'm looking in the mirror, so you could look through the mirror and the television was behind me. So, I was watching the video through the mirror. 'One More Chance' was on, and I think Biggie was already gone or something. So, I was just looking like, 'You know what?' [I] started thinking I had to get myself mad, and [I] noticed that I didn't have to. That's what scared me. How I knew I ad mental health problems was I pulled the trigger."
The bullet went through the Trust Fund Babies' hitmaker's chest, and even though off duty, at the time, Officer Robert Hoobler heard the radio report and made his way to the scene with the other policemen.
Due to no ambulances being available, Hoobler drove the adolescent to the hospital himself, encouraging a young Lil Wayne to stay awake so that he could receive the treatment needed.
To this day, Lil Wayne credits Hoobler for being the only officer concerned about his well-being that day.
So much so that he even offered to financially support Hoobler after he was fired for shooting an arrestee with a stun gun.
Lil Wayne and Robert "Uncle Bob" Hoobler
Back in 2020, subsequent to the wrongful death of George Floyd, Lil Wayne's viewpoint on police brutality stirred a lot of controversy.
The rapper expressed that he felt like it was unfair to blame the whole force for one's doing.
"I think when we see these situations, I think we also have to understand that we have to get very specific. What I mean by that is we have to stop viewing it with such a broad view meaning we have to stop placing the blame on the whole force and the whole everybody or a certain race or everybody with a badge. We have to actually get into who that person is."
We send our deepest thoughts and prayers out to the family of Robert Hoobler.
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