Nipsey Hussle’s Trini connection: Conspiracy theory in rapper’s death


This article is a bit dated [U.S. rapper Nipsey Hussle (Er­mias As­ghe­dom) was shot on March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles] but I found the Caribbean and AIDS-cure connection fascinating. Joel Julien (Trinidad & Tobago Guardian) points out possible connections between his death and Hon­duran herbal­ist Dr. Sebi (Al­fre­do Bow­man, see photo below) and his Trinidadian wife (Pat­sy Bow­man). Here are a few excerpts:

[. . .] But as con­do­lences poured out across so­cial me­dia, one con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry about his death al­so gained mo­men­tum. The the­o­ry was sim­ple, Hus­sle was ex­e­cut­ed as part of a plot to si­lence his up­com­ing doc­u­men­tary about herbal­ist Dr Se­bi who pur­port­ed­ly had ev­i­dence of cur­ing AIDS.

Videos of Hus­sle talk­ing about the doc­u­men­tary which he said would be fo­cused pri­mar­i­ly on the 1988 New York Supreme Court tri­al of Dr Se­bi were al­so post­ed as ev­i­dence to sup­port the the­o­ry.

Hus­sle used Dr Se­bi’s prod­ucts and in an in­ter­view on The Break­fast Club ra­dio show ex­plained the rea­son he want­ed to do the doc­u­men­tary. “I think the sto­ry is im­por­tant. I think it’s a pow­er­ful nar­ra­tive. Imag­ine this if I said some­body cured AIDS you all will be like ‘yeah right’ and I can show you an ex­am­ple of him go­ing to tri­al and prov­ing in a court, to a ju­ry that he cured AIDS,” Hus­sle said then. “You all will be in­ter­est­ed in that and you all will look in­to the way he did it, so I feel like more so than cham­pi­oning his prod­ucts or ex­plain­ing his method­ol­o­gy put some light on that case,” he said then.

[. . .] But who is Dr Se­bi? And why does all this mat­ter? Well, Dr Se­bi was a Hon­duran herbal­ist whose re­al name was Al­fre­do Bow­man. He was not a li­censed physi­cian. And his wife Pat­sy Bow­man, 62, was born right here in Trinidad and To­ba­go. “I am Tri­ni to the bone,” Pat­sy said dur­ing a tele­phone in­ter­view from her home in Grena­da. She is pop­u­lar­ly known as “Mrs Dr Se­bi”. The cou­ple met in 1981 in St Croix, the largest of the US Vir­gin Is­lands. Pat­sy, who was liv­ing in that coun­try at the time, was on her way to a job in­ter­view when she met Se­bi. The cou­ple sat on the wa­ter­front and talked for hours as Pat­sy missed the in­ter­view. She said her life changed pos­i­tive­ly when she met Se­bi. “Even though I was a veg­e­tar­i­an be­fore I met him when I met him it kind of ad­vanced, mean­ing there were cer­tain things I was still con­sum­ing that were not re­al veg­eta­bles so the jour­ney start­ed since then,” she said. [. . .]


Was Se­bi a threat to med­ical in­dus­try?

Un­for­tu­nate­ly, Hus­sle was not the first per­son to die while try­ing to pro­mote Dr Se­bi’s work, she said. [. . .] Con­spir­a­cy the­o­rists be­lieve that Se­bi be­came a threat to the mul­ti-bil­lion-dol­lar med­ical in­dus­try that sup­pos­ed­ly re­lies on con­tin­ued sick­ness to thrive. “One of the first peo­ple that said they were go­ing to make us fa­mous was Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and she end­ed up be­ing dead as well,” Pat­sy said. In 2002, Lopes of the pop­u­lar group TLC died in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent while in Hon­duras on one of Se­bi’s heal­ing re­treats. “The sec­ond one was Michael Jack­son, he died too and then my hus­band, and now (Hus­sle) who was do­ing the doc­u­men­tary on the court case,” she said. Jack­son died from car­diac ar­rest in 2009.

Se­bi died at the age of 82 while he was bat­tling pneu­mo­nia and in po­lice cus­tody af­ter be­ing ar­rest­ed for mon­ey laun­der­ing. He died on the way to the hos­pi­tal.

A 29-year-old man named Er­ic Hold­er has since been charged in con­nec­tion with Hus­sle’s mur­der.

[. . .] In 1988, the state of New York sued Se­bi for mak­ing “un­sub­stan­ti­at­ed ther­a­peu­tic claims” af­ter he paid for ads say­ing “Aids has been cured”. Se­bi pro­vid­ed ex­am­ples of 77 pa­tients he claimed to have cured and won the case. [. . .]

[Photo above by Marcio José Sánchez: Rapper Nipsey Hussle at an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, California.]

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