New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued the following statement on the death of New Orleans producer and rapper 5th Ward Weebie:
“It broke my heart to learn that Jerome Cosey — our 5th Ward Weebie — has passed. Let me find out you didn’t know who he was. He was an iconic personality, a New Orleans legend, and a beloved friend. He was the Bounce King, who showed us how to move, how to love, and how to bring passion and humanity to everything we do,” said Cantrell. “New Orleans has lost a cornerstone of our culture. Our City will not be the same without his voice and his spirit. May he rest in God’s perfect peace.”
5th Ward Weebie was a driving force in New Orleans’ Bounce music scene, producing such hits as “Let Me Find Out” and “Get Out the Way” along with a cathartic single about Hurricane Katrina. Most recently he performed at Mayor Cantrell’s Black and Gold Pep Rally in the lobby of City Hall in advance of the New Orleans Saints’ game against the Saints’ 33-27 win over the Seattle Seahawks. He was 42 years old.
According to New Orleans rapper P Town Moe, Weebie died of complications after having a heart attack.
“First his kidneys went and they had him on a machine to get his kidneys back working, then his lungs went the next day,” P Town Moe said. “I don’t know why God wanted him at this time, but my brother gone.”
“I’m at a loss for words,” said DJ Bird, a close friend and musical associate. “He was a joker. He was a good dude… This is a sad day in New Orleans.”
A quickly-organized second line took place from the Zulu club and was attended by hundreds of fans.