Lil Wayne gave an emotional tribute to the white detective who saved his life, Uncle Bob, on stage after being honoured with BET’s “I Am Hip Hop” award at the BET Hip Hop Awards Tuesday night.

The 36-year-old, who shot himself aged 12, told the crowd: “There’s a man in New Orleans. His name is Uncle Bob. Came into an apartment one day, he bust in the door, guns drawn. He saw nobody. He saw legs on the floor. It was my legs. He saw blood everywhere. A bunch of police hopped over me, he refused to do so.”

Wayne, who previously said he was saved by a white man while other black men walked over him, continued: “I never knew — I talked to him the other day — I never knew EMS was on the scene. He said EMS tried twice and they told him there’s nothing. He refused to let that die.”

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“Forget an ambulance, he brought me to the hospital himself. He refused to wait, kicked in the doors and said, ‘Do whatever you gotta do to make sure this child make it.’

“Not only that, that day Uncle Bob was a homicide detective. He was off on detail. He just heard the call and came. Not only did he refuse to sit… he refused to leave. He stayed and made sure I made it.”

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Wayne’s comments come after he spoke about trying to take his own life two years ago.

He said when asked about racism, “Yeah, he was a cop but I was saved by a white man. I don’t know what racism is. I know a good motherf**ker named Uncle Bob though.”

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