As a Bad Boy alum, Diddy found it necessary to foot the funeral bill for the late rapper Black Rob.
The “Whoa” emcee passed away on Saturday at Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital after suffering from a number of health issues, Page Six reports. His friend and fellow rapper Marc Curry told Rolling Stone that Black Rob passed away at the age of 51 after going into cardiac arrest caused by a rare kidney disease.
Despite the differences Diddy and Black Rob had over the years, the two were able to work out their issues prior to his death. “Diddy offered help for Rob, but in the end, sadly, it was too late,” a source revealed. However, to make things right, the rap mogul is covering the cost of Rob’s homegoing service. “He wants to make sure that Rob is laid to rest with dignity and according to his wishes,” the insider added. “He is helping to make the funeral arrangements.”
Curry revealed that Diddy and Black Rob spoke for the first time in years on Friday, the day before the Buffalo, New York, native passed away. “Before Rob passed, he said, ‘One thing I was going to do before I leave this earth is make sure we all speak to each other again.’ It’s always great to see when people are growing and learning to forgive,” Curry shared.
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Black Rob, born Robert Ross, had been struggling with kidney failure and diabetes for years prior to his death. The “Let’s Get It” rapper had suffered several strokes in the past and touched on it in a shocking Instagram post from a hospital bed the week before he passed away. “Oh man, I’ve been dealing with this for five years,” he said. “Four strokes … I don’t know what to tell you, man. S–t is crazy. The s–t is hard.”
The rapper also mourned the death of rapper DMX while speaking about his own pain. He was hospitalized once more on Saturday, where he died.
Diddy honored his late friend in an Instagram post. “As I listen to your records today there’s one thing that they all have in common!” Combs captioned a photo of the two. “You have made millions of people all over the world feel good and dance! You are one of a kind! GOD BLESS! Love. You will be truly missed!!!!”