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Kangol Kid received a Stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis in February, but his condition has grown increasingly dire over the last few months. In October, Kangol revealed he’d been hospitalized and needed to undergo surgery the following day.

“Please forgive me for not returning calls and more,” he explained in an Instagram post. “Things have become, and are becoming a little more difficult than imagined. I’ve been admitted again for complications related to my condition. Thank you to those who have been instrumental in my latest ordeal. Your actions have been well received and greatly appreciated. I am blessed to have you by my side through this. I love you all. ~Kang.

Both artists also came up around the same time. LL COOL J dropped his inaugural album in 1985, while U.T.F.O. released their self-titled debut that same year.

Speaking to Pix11 News in March, Kangol opened up about his initial surgery, which required 10 centimeters of his colon to be removed. The 54-year-old also shared the graphic details that led him to get a colonoscopy in the first place.

“There was definitely discomfort in the belly,” he said. “One of the signs you would see immediately is bleeding, and you’ll notice this as you wipe or you’ll see it in your stool, so I was definitely experiencing that. But what really set it off was I’m in the comfort of my own room and I had to pass gas, and it came out with a substance … it was a bloody mucus.”

He continued, “I didn’t believe it. That’s the last thing you want to hear. … when those words were said to me, I fell out inside. I stood up after awhile, spoke to my friends who kept my spirits up through all of this and my mentality just changed, like, ‘You gotta fight this.'”

A GoFundMe has been launched in Kangol’s name to help with medical costs, so he’s able to focus on healing. The original goal of $10,000 was met and has been increased to $30,000 as the bills pile up. To donate, head here.

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