Contrary to reports that DJ Kool Herc is gravely ill, the hip-hop pioneer’s family said Monday that he has “serious kidney stones” that require a surgery he can’t afford.
“He’s been in terrible pain for months,” said Herc’s sister Cindy Campbell. “The doctors say they’ve got to come out, but we just don’t have the money.”
Fans of the legendary turntablist grew deeply concerned when reports that he was “very sick” with an undisclosed illness emerged over the weekend.
“\[He\] who we call the father of hip-hop, Kool Herc, is not doing well,” DJ Premier announced on his Sirius XM radio program on Friday.
“Since he’s very sick and has no insurance … \[He\] needs to pay his bills so he can get out of the hospital.”