Lil Wayne mourns the death of NOLA cop Robert ‘Uncle Bob’ Hoobler, who saved his life as a child
Lil Wayne is mourning the death of a New Orleans police officer who heroically saved his life when the rapper was 12.
The five-time Grammy winner, 39, took to Instagram on Monday to write some heartfelt words about Robert “Uncle Bob” Hoobler, who came to his aid after a childhood suicide attempt in 1994 .
“Everything happens for a reason. I was dying when I met you in this exact spot,” the rapper wrote alongside an image of Hoobler. “You refused to let me die. Everything that doesn’t happen, doesn’t happen for a reason.
“That reason being you and faith. RIP Uncle Bob. Aunt Kathie was expecting you. I will love you, miss you both and live for all of us,” he added.
Hoobler, 65, was found dead Friday at his home in Louisiana, Nola.com reports. Hoobler’s grandson, Daniel Nelson, told the outlet that he recently had both legs amputated and has diabetes.
In an interview with former NFL star Emmanuel Acho last year, the rapper briefly opened up about his suicide attempt when he was 12.
He called the police before taking his mother’s gun from his bedroom and shooting himself in the chest.
The police arrived at the scene but ignored his call for help. Instead, they focused on the gun and drugs found in the room.
Only one officer, Hoobler – who was off duty at the time – heard a dispatch on his police radio and rushed home to help Wayne.
“It took a guy named Uncle Bob, he ran up there, and when he got to the top of the steps and saw me there. He even refused to step over me,” the rapper said. “One of them yelled, ‘I’ve got the drugs,’ and that’s when he went crazy. He said to me, ‘I don’t care about drugs! Can’t you see the baby on the floor?!”
The couple have remained in close contact ever since. During the global protests against police brutality in 2020, the rapper opened up about his views on cops, saying Hoobler had completely changed his outlook.
“My life was saved by a white cop. Uncle Bob,” he said during an episode of his Apple Music Beats 1 show. “Therefore, you have to understand the way I see the police, period.”
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free, confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five boroughs, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.