Gillie Da Kid has opened up about how he dealt with the untimely passing of his son earlier this year and the ways in which it changed him.
During an interview with The Pivot Podcast published on Tuesday (September 12), the Philly native went into detail regarding the “emotional arc” of losing his child.
“The worst time had to be when I had to wash his body,” he began. “But it was also the best because I became a man that day. I was a little-ass boy up to that point. I thought I was a man because I did man shit — I paid bills, y’know what I mean, I took care of my family.”
He continued: “It was a gift and a curse. It was a good thing and a bad thing because it was a very painful thing to see your son laying there, cold and stiff, but I know I sent him off right, y’know what I mean, and in Islam, that’s a big thing — sending them off right.”
Watch Gillie’s heartfelt recollection at the 19:07 mark below:
Gillie Da Kid’s son, YNG Cheese, was killed in a triple shooting in Philadelphia in late July. The 25-year-old was shot once in the back and taken to the hospital by police, following which he was pronounced dead.
Soon after the tragedy, the Million Dollaz Worth of Game host broke his silence with an emotional post on Instagram. “I Miss u like $hit Dev My heart will forever have a Black hole in it but u know ur father gotta be strong to hold the family up,” he wrote. “Thanks 4 all the support from family, friends, and all of my followers y’all really helping me get thru these ruff times Me and my family appreciate and love y’all [blue heart emoji].”
His podcast co-host Wallo also took to Instagram following YNG Cheese’s passing to pay his respects.
“Lil Cuz usually when I talk to you, I got a lot to tell you,” he wrote next to a photo of the late rapper. “Tonight the pain in my heart & tears spoke to you. I love you beyond life Cheese. I got your father, Rest Well!”