BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Lil Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, took to social media Wednesday morning and asked his Instagram followers to pray for him because he just learned he has kidney cancer.
In the comment that is now deleted, Boosie said "I need all my fans to pray for me Doctor just told me I have cancer on my kidneys prayer is power that's why I'm letting the world know prayfaboosie."
According to TMZ, the announcement caught his team off guard and they're not happy he revealed his condition. The caption for the photo was deleted less than 30 minutes after it was posted, but the photo remains.
At 33-years-old, Boosie has been living with diabetes for years. In March 2014, Boosie was released from prison after serving nearly five years on a drug charge.
A native of Baton Rouge, Lil Boosie has fans worldwide. Many of them commonly used the term "Free Boosie" during his incarceration and some continue to say it.
In 2008, Lil Boosie spoke to students in Baton Rouge. He told them the more they read, the more they will know.
"If you want to be successful, you've got to hang around the right people," Lil Boosie told the children. "Hang around the straight 'A' students and if you're a 'C' student, you'll become an 'A' or 'B' student. You've got to hang around the right people."
One year later, in 2009, he would begin a prison sentence on drug charges.
He made big headlines in 2012 when he went on trial for murder, accused of ordering the killing of Terry Boyd. Prosecutors called 27 witnesses over six days. The defense rested its case without calling a single witness. As the jury got the case, courthouse security in downtown Baton Rouge was at levels rarely seen, with streets blocked off and a heavy police presence.
It took nine men and three women only an hour of deliberating to find Lil Boosie not guilty of murder. Supporters cheered outside the 19th Judicial Courthouse in Baton Rouge once the verdict was announced. Lil Boosie and his defense team hugged and began crying once the verdict was read.
While Lil Boosie is now free, he's not out of the legal system. He is scheduled to remain on parole until 2018.