According to his pals, the retired New Orleans police officer who assisted in saving musician Lil Wayne’s life when he shot himself at the age of 12 has passed away. According to parish coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, Robert Hoobler was discovered dead in his Old Jefferson home on Friday, July 22. Old Jefferson is a neighborhood near New Orleans.
According to his grandson Daniel Nelson, the cause of his death is unknown, but for many years he struggled with different health problems following a vehicle accident and his battle with diabetes, which resulted in the amputation of both of his legs.
The story has been related by the rapper in interviews. In one, he said that Hoobler, a white guy he called “Uncle Bob,” was the reason he had never experienced prejudice. “He was always people forward,” said Lapene. “He took care of the public just as much as he took care of the cops.”
Hoobler began working at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in 2009 after leaving the police force. In 2012, he was fired and accused of misconduct in office after using a stun gun to arrest a man and shooting him. Due to being a first offender, he accepted a plea agreement, completed probation, and later earned a pardon.