Lil Wayne mourns death of cop who saved his life in 1994
Last Modified: Mar 23, 2023
Music artist Lil Wayne is mourning the death of New Orleans police officer Robert Hoobler who saved his life when he was 12 years old- in 1994.
The 39-year-old took to Instagram to pay his respects to his saver Robert Hoobler, who he calls Uncle Bob.
“Everything happens for a reason. I was dying when I met u at this very spot. U refused to let me die. Everything that doesn’t happen, doesn’t happen for a reason. That reason being you and faith,” he wrote on the heartfelt post alongside a picture of the late officer.
“RIP uncle Bob. Aunt Kathie been waiting for u. I’ll love & miss u both and live for us all,” he concluded.
Hoobler, 65, was found dead at his Louisiana home on July 22, 2022. His grandson Daniel Nelson revealed the former cop was diabetic and had both legs amputated recently.
In the 2021 interview with former NFL star Emmanuel Acho, the five-time Grammy Award-winning artist revealed his suicide attempt when he was 12 years old.
Lil Wayne, whose birth name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., had called the cops before taking his mother’s gun from her bedroom and shooting himself in the chest. Police did arrive at the scene but chose to ignore his cry for help. And instead of saving young Lil’s Wayne’s life, they jumped over his injured body and proceeded to search for the gun and drugs present in the room.
Police officer Robert Hoobler who was off duty had heard the dispatch and rushed to help the injured child.
“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 refused to even step over me. One of them yelled, ‘I got the drugs,’ and that’s when he went crazy. He was like, ‘I don’t give a f**k about no drugs! Do you not see the baby on the ground?!'”
The pair reunited several years later and had been in close contact with each other. In 2019, Hoobler revealed to TMZ that the rapper had offered to provide financial support and anything he needed but he told Wayne that he was “glad he saved a life that mattered.”
Lil Wayne was also vocal bout his perspective on cops during the BLM movement, saying Hoobler completely changed his outlook as the cops that did not help him were black while a white cop had saved his life.