CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A local hip-hop legend who died over the weekend has left an unusual, final message for the public.
Renal cancer claimed the life of DJ Timbuck2 after a yearlong battle. Like many men, he admitted avoiding the doctor.
In fact, according to the men's health "Movember Foundation,” men are dying five or six years younger than they should, waiting too long for medical care.
DJ Timbuck2 was born and raised in Chicago and had been a DJ for most of his life. Last November, he was given the news that he had stage 4 cancer. But he didn't let that stop him from living life.
He’s the voice you may have grown up with, and could be found at parties, nightclubs and on WGCI Chicago Radio.
The 34-year-old was known for giving young artists the spotlight and quickly impressed stars like Kanye West and Common. Friends say DJ Timbuck2, whose real name was Tim Jones, always stayed down to Earth.
“He was sweet and kind and smart he was a great spirit,” said Regina Poston, who worked with Timbuck2 at WGCI.
On Tuesday, hundreds said goodbye at a funeral home on the city's West Side.
“He...lived to help and I know that he is still going to,” said friend Nigel Holt.
The DJ’s final testament was a letter encouraging others to go to the doctor, and already his message is making a difference.
“Because of him, I’m going to go get a checkup,” Holt said.
“Men don't necessarily see physicians as much as we do, they are afraid of hospitals,” Poston said.
“Especially in the hip hop community, you got to be macho, I don't need to go to the hospital, I am fine,” Holt added.
Holt has known Timbuck2 for years and says it's not surprising that his friend is still a role model.
“So the ones with too much pride and don't like going to the doctor because they are too proud and can't handle it all, I have high hopes that my journey and my story brings you back down to earth,” DJ Timbuck2 had said.
Kanye West, Common and others have sent their condolences via social media. The private funeral service is being held Wednesday.