Rapper 5th Ward Weebie, whose real name was Jerome Cosey, was a major player in the distinctive bounce music scene in New Orleans. Rapper 5th Ward Weebie, who was a major player in the distinctive bounce music scene in New Orleans, has died at the age of 42.

Weebie, whose real name was Jerome Cosey, died Thursday, according to his publicist, who said the rapper had a "heart attack which turned into emergency heart surgery and ultimately heart failure."
He'd been hospitalized after complications from heart surgery, local media reported.

New Orleans rapper 5th Ward Weebie dies at 42

The New Orleans native helped shape the local rap genre with songs such as "Let Me Find Out" and "F**k Katrina" -- the latter a cathartic regional hit in a city brought to its knees by the storm. He also worked with various artists to make bounce music mainstream, appearing on Drake's song "Nice for What" and collaborating with rapper Lil Wayne on "Bend It Ova."

His publicist, Johnathan Thomas, said the rapper's love for New Orleans was unmatched.
"Jerome Cosey (5th Ward Weebie) was and is a staple in New Orleans culture," Thomas said. "His passion for the city was exemplified on the biggest platforms."

One of Weebie's most recent public events was at New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell's pep rally before the Saints versus Seattle Seahawks game in September.

"He was an iconic personality, a New Orleans legend and a beloved friend," Cantrell said. It broke my heart to learn that Jerome Cosey — our 5th Ward Weebie — has passed. Let me find out you didn't know who he was ... He was an iconic personality, a New Orleans legend, and a beloved friend. He was the Bounce King, who showed us how to move, how to love, and how to bring passion and humanity to everything we do.

New Orleans has lost a cornerstone of our culture. Our City will not be the same without his voice and his spirit. May he rest in God’s perfect peace.

5th Ward Weebie was a driving force in New Orleans' Bounce music scene, producing such hits as "Get Out The Way" and "Let Me Find Out" along with a cathartic single about Hurricane Katrina. Most recently he performed at our Black and Gold Pep Rally in the lobby of City Hall in advance of the New Orleans Saints' game against the Saints' 33-27 win over the Seattle Seahawks. @5thwardweebie

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