DJ Timbuck2’s Open Letter: ‘Your Struggle Is My Struggle’ [AUDIO]

On the morning of Saturday, December 19, 2015, the city of Chicago, hip hop community and world of music lovers at large lost one of its brightest stars. Timothy “DJ Timbuck2” Jones, passed away from cancer-related complications. The beloved radio show host was only 34.

Introduced to the art of DJ’ing and mentored by Grammy-nominated producer The Twilite Tone, Timbuck2 was a staple of the Chicago music scene, holding down his daily “drive time” mix on 107.5 WGCI during the 5 o’clock hour.

DJ Timbuck2 at WGCIMany were shocked to learn of Timbuck2’s cancer, a diagnosis he kept closely guarded for more than a year. In a recently released open letter written shortly before his passing, he shares about the day that forever changed his life and offers a powerful testimony about the importance to seeking medical help, especially for men.

In his letter, he takes us back to November 18, 2014. “Prior to that day I spent most of the summer sick. I lost close to 30 pounds, started suffering from all kinds of sickness. At the same time, I had no idea why. I also, like most men, I refused to go to the doctor. As the season progressed, so did my illness. By November, I was forced to be hospitalized due to severity of some of them.”