The kindhearted cop who was part of the police officers that showed up and saved rapper Lil Wayne from committing suicide at the age of 12 years has reportedly passed on.
Robert Hoobler who has been suffering from health problems which stemmed from a car accident that led to both of his legs being amputated reportedly gave up the ghost on Friday.
The report said Hoobler always “took care of the public just as much as he took care of the cops,” said David Lapene, a friend of Hoobler’s from the force. Lapene also said that the story of Hoobler saving Lil Wayne’s life is “one of the best stories that depict Hoobler as a person.”
Hobbler and Lil Wayne’s paths crossed back in 1994 when the now successful rapper shot himself in an attempted suicide mission.
“My ass was tryin’ to be hard,” recalled Wayne in 2014. “Lookin’ in the mirror, trippin’ and it went off.” The 12-year-old Wayne shot himself in the chest, and Hoobler was one of the first responders, even though he was off duty.
When he realized no ambulance was coming, Hoobler carried the future rapper into the police car of Kevin Balancier. He sat in the back seat with the critically wounded Wayne.
Hoobler spoke to the child the entire way to the hospital, saying, “Stay awake, son. You’re going to be fine. You’ll see.” In the end, they made it to the hospital in time to save Lil Wayne’s life. From then on, the rapper referred to Hoobler as “Uncle Bob.”