Robert Hunter died at 7am Thursday 20 at Murdoch Hospice Western Australia. Hunter had been suffering from terminal cancer since his diagnosis in 2009. He struggled for the last few days and then peacefully passed with his mother by his side. Hunter’s family are making funeral arrangements and will issue a media statement with details of the special memorial gathering planned for fans and music industry peers.
His mother Trish says “I had 36 years with my beautiful son, he was the light of my life and I am so proud of what he achieved in the short time that we had him.”
Fellow SBX member Optamus says “It’s a sad day for Australian Hip Hop, a true legend and one of my best friends has passed. He has inspired many and will inspire many more, long live his memory!”
Marley’s mum Laura says, “I have been touched by the outpouring of love for Hunter, not just today but for all the people who have supported him with kind words throughout his battle. I am happy to say that we got to spend some quality family time together before he passed. Hunter tried not to let cancer affect his relationship with Marley.”
SBX crew member Porsah Laine who is working with him on the CanTeen charity project says “I was hoping that Hunter would see the completion of his amazing project, but I‟m happy the pain has gone. He’s set a standard for us all, to even in the face of death, follow your passion and always help others.”
SBX will be releasing a special track dedicated to Hunter’s 5 year old son Marley called, My Son, so if you hear it on the radio request it and hit it up on YouTube (below) to mark his sad passing.
(Family of Robert Hunter official media statement to friends and fans.)
Australian Hip Hop Supports CanTeen
The Australian Hip Hop community has united in support of Robert Hunter AKA Huntz, veteran artist and member of the infamous Syllabolix Crew, to release a compilation of never before heard tracks on an album titled Australian Hip Hop Supports CanTeen, due for release soon. Featuring the Hilltop Hoods, Drapht, Downsyde, Koolism, Bias B, Hermitude, and of course Hunter along with several yet to be announced acts, this album truly epitomises the best on offer of all things Hip Hop in this country.
After being diagnosed in November 2009, Australian old school Rapper Hunter, felt there was something he could do for children living with cancer. He approached his friends in the industry to contribute a song for an album and enlisted MGM The Groove Merchants to distribute the album at no cost. Hunter was a talented artist and avid supporter of Australian Hip-Hop and although very ill with neuroendocrine cancer, his passion and dedication has not waned and he is keen to make as much impact as possible both musically and for the cause that has supported him so absolutely throughout his battle with the illness.
“It seemed like a natural thing for me, cos I knew a lot of people making Australian Hip Hop,” said Hunter. “Hip Hop can be very inspirational and hopefully we can sell enough CD’s and iTunes to make money to do something cool for the kids. When I was young I never got sick, I partied, I had a great time, these kids are missing out on that and it doesn’t seem fair so I figured I could raise money and they could have a good time”.
The CanTeen compilation album, Australian Hip Hop Supports CanTeen will be released very soon. For further information on the CanTeen Charity project, images and videos please go to the project website here.