- A former police officer who saved Lil Wayne's life said the rapper told him to reach out in case he needs anything
- Robert Hoobler, alias Uncle Bob saved the American rap musician's life when he shot himself in the past
- Recounting the incident, the Lollypon crooner divulged that he first called the cops before pulling the trigger
Renowned American rapper Lil Wayne, real name Dwayne Crater has offered financial support to a former police officer who saved his life.
Speaking to TMZ, Robert Hoobler, famously nicknamed Uncle Bob, told the publication that the rapper made the offer after they met.
According to Bob, Wayne told him to reach out if he needed anything, but the former police officer had yet to take him up on the generous offer.
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However, Bob divulged that he could be joining the A Milli rapper's team in an administrative capacity.
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Lil Wayne’s shooting incident
Wayne recently opened up on Bob saving his life, divulging that he intentionally shot himself when he was 12 years old. Bob was among the first responders and refused to let Wayne pass away.
Speaking on the YouTube show dubbed Uncomfortable Conversations on Monday, August 16, Wayne detailed how he used his mother's gun to shoot himself.
“I knew where she put her gun and it was in her bedroom. And so I went in her bedroom, grabbed the gun,” the Grammy-winning rapper said.
Wayne called the cops before shooting himself in the chest.
“I knew I had a mental health problem when I pulled the trigger,” he said.
Explaining why he almost took his own life, Wayne said he had skipped school to rap and was afraid it would land him in hot water with his mother.
The father of four admitted that his near-death experience profoundly affected his family, and he hopes other people would learn from it.
“I’m hoping I can help anyone else out there who’s dealing with mental health problems by being vulnerable," he said.
Wayne further urged parents to find ways to connect with their children. The rapper previously spoke of the incident but often referred to it as an accident.
Trump pardons Lil Wayne
In January 2021, Legit.ng reported that Wayne expressed gratitude to former US President Donald Trump for granting him clemency.
Wayne was facing 10 years in jail for illegal gun possession when Trump pardoned him in his last days as president.
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The rapper said Trump recognised that he had so much more to give his family and the community.