Written by: Khalif Thompson
Lil Wayne is currently grieving the loss of Robert Hoobler, a 65-year-old former New Orleans police officer who saved his life after a suicide attempt.
On Friday, emergency personnel discovered Hoobler's death at his Old Jefferson house (July 22).
As the news broke, Lil Wayne turned to Instagram to express his sorrow.
In his caption:
“Everything happens for a reason. I was dying when I met u at this very spot. U refused to let me die. Everything that doesn’t happen, doesn’t happen for a reason. That reason being you and faith. RIP uncle Bob. Aunt Kathie been waiting for u. I’ll love & miss u both and live for us all.”
According to Hoobler's grandson Daniel Nelson, the retired detective had been dealing with health concerns due to a vehicle accident and diabetes for years. In fact, due to his condition, a doctor was compelled to amputate both of his legs.
David Lapene, a former New Orleans Police Department officer and lifelong friend of Hoobler, termed Lil Wayne's description of what transpired "one of the better stories that depicts Hoobler as a person."
Lil Wayne was just 12 years old when he attempted suicide. The rising rap sensation was said to be sad when his mother forbade him from rapping as a punishment for missing school.
During a 2021 interview with ex-NFL player Emmanual Acho, Wayne noted “I was just looking [in the mirror] like, ‘You know what?’ Start thinking I had to get myself mad and I noticed that I didn’t have to — that’s what scared me. How I knew I had mental health problems was I pulled the trigger.”
As authorities arrived on the scene, Wayne said that many officers walked over his bloodied body to look for narcotics and weapons instead. Hoobler arrived and rushed Lil Wayne to the hospital, despite the fact that he was off-duty at the time.
“[He] picked me up and just kept telling me some shit like, ‘You not gonna die on me,’” he said. “And so he got me to the hospital … He made sure I was good.”