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Nick Cannon Posts Heartfelt Tribute To Rapper Ryan Bowers Following His Death

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By Chris Barilla

Amidst struggles with his own personal controversies over recent days and weeks, Nick Cannon has taken to social media for a topic entirely aside from those issues, to mourn the death of his friend, rapper Ryan Bowers, 24.

The up and coming San Diego rapper reportedly died by suicide late last night, with Cannon taking to social media in the early hours of the morning to pen his heartfelt tribute to the late artist to whom he had a personal connection.

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"Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse… 2020 is definitely the most f***** up year I’ve ever witnessed!" Cannon began his candid admission about the loss of his close friend.

"After waking up & barely rising from my own dark contemplation of continuing my physical existence on this planet, this powerful warrior actually had the balls to do it," he continued, referencing his own struggles and how Bowers had faced off against his own personal demons for some time.

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Back in 2019, Police were called on Bowers after he allegedly attempted to slash his own throat. Upon arriving at the home, Bowers brandished the knife at the officers causing them to open fire on him, striking him in the upper body and placing him in life-threatening condition. Despite these trials and tribulations, Bowers eventually bounced back and even began making music again.

Cannon went on to detail how shocked he was at the untimely loss of the talented wordsmith.

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"I’ve said it once and I will say it again, this was the strongest dude I’ve ever met! Just over a year ago a San Diego Police Officer rushed in his home and unjustifiably shot him placing him in a coma for months," the former 'Wild 'N Out' host wrote to social media.

"I stood by his bedside and promised him that if he made it out & fought the good fight that I would make his dream come true and put his album out and share his story with the world," he continued.

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"I am certain that your energy will never die and your Spirit is eternal, so I ask you still to forgive me for letting you down Warrior. I can’t help but think if I wasn’t so engulfed in my own bullshit I could’ve been there for you when you finally took your life after several attempts… F*** this place!!" Cannon concluded his emotional words about the late artist.

His memorial statement comes in the wake of backlash for anti-semitic comments made on his YouTube channel, something he has since apologized to the Jewish community for.

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