San Diego based rapper Ryan Bowers has passed away at the young age of 24 leaving friends and family grieving at the loss. A close friend Nick Cannon, who signed Ryan to his record label, took to Instagram to reveal the news and he wrote a heartfelt tribute to Ryan hoping he had been there when Ryan needed him the most.
Nick wrote: "Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse... 2020 is definitely the most fucked up year I’ve ever witnessed! 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. 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. 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 fought and fought, he woke up, they stitched him up, he learned to walk and talk again and within months we were back in the studio recording."
Nick said on his post: "Even through his strength he would whisper to me that “Everything Still Hurts”. His music was definitely his safe haven and it was amazing. Paying for lawyers, putting money in his pocket, even putting the music together all meant nothing because I feel like I failed my little brother. The Cops will get away with shooting another kid, everyone will just look at this as yet another loving farewell post, but to me @ryanbowersob was so much more than that. Once again my brother you have put this world in perspective for me. You would do that quite often because I never understood how someone who was experiencing sooo much pain could still laugh and smile through it all.
He wrote about the last photo they had together, saying: "This photo was the last time we seen each other in person. It was your first show back! Soldout crowd in our hometown San Diego and you rocked it!! You were so happy!! Proved to so many that you could do it and that you were Super Human! The greatest comeback I ever saw!! We almost made it little bro! But I guess even flying Super Heros have to land eventually. But 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 wasnt so engulfed in my own bullshit I could’ve been there for you when you finally took your life after several attempts... Fuck this place!! #CantWin #ForLosing "
As reported by Heavy, "Police were called in January 2019 after Bowers allegedly used a knife to slash his own throat. A family member allowed authorities to enter the home and when the confronted Bowers, he pointed a knife at authorities. That’s when police fired and hit Bowers in the upper body, Fox San Diego reported at the time. He was in life-threatening condition, but later recovered and started making music again."
The rising musician has left behind grieving friends who sincerely pray that he may now rest in peace.