ATLANTA (CelebrityAccess) — Gerald “Buddie” Tiller, a member of the Atlanta-based hip-hop collective Dem Franchize Boyz, died on Sunday, apparently after a battle with cancer.
Other members of the group announced Tiller’s passing on Instagram, but did not disclose a cause of death for their former colleague, writing simply “R.I.P Buddie you Will be Missed.” However, rapper/producer Jermaine Dupri, in expressing his condolences, included the hashtag ‘#fuckcancer’ the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Dem Franchize Boyz scored hits in the mid-2000s, including “White Tee” from their debut album “Dem Franchize Boyz” on Universal in 2004. They later signed with Dupri’s So So Def label, where they scored a #1 rap/RB hit with their second studio album “On Top of Our Game.”
Following their third album, 2008’s “Our World, Our Way” the group went on hiatus but reunited last year to perform at Dupri’s So So Def 25th-anniversary concert at State Farm Arena in October.