Nick Cannon Mourns Death Of Friend Amidst Backlash To Anti-Semitic Comments

Nick Cannon is sharing his grief over the loss of friend Ryan Bowers, who tragically took his own life on Saturday.

Cannon, who’s been engulfed in controversy ever since some controversial comments he made during a recent podcast were criticized as being anti-Semitic, took to social media to pay tribute to Bowers, an up-and-coming San Diego rapper who was signed to Cannon’s label.

“Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse… 2020 is definitely the most f**ked up year I’ve ever witnessed!” wrote Cannon in a lengthy Instagram post.

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“After waking up & barely rising from my own dark contemplation of continuing my physical existence on this planet, this powerful warrior actually had the balls to do it,” Cannon continued, referencing some disturbing Twitter posts he wrote last week, including one telling his followers to “enjoy Earth” and another reading, “Y’all can have this planet. I’m out!”

Cannon continued his Instagram post by describing Bowers as “the strongest dude I’ve ever met!” before recounting how, last year, he had been in critical condition after being shot by a San Diego police officer in his own home, responding to a 911 call that Bower had cut his own throat.

“I stood by his bedside and promised him that if he made it out & fought the good fight that I would make his dream come true and put his album out and share his story with the world. He fought and fought, he woke up, they stitched him up, he learned to walk and talk again and within months we were back in the studio recording,” Cannon continued.

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“Paying for lawyers, putting money in his pocket, even putting the music together all meant nothing because I feel like I failed my little brother,” he added.

“The Cops will get away with shooting another kid, everyone will just look at this as yet another loving farewell post, but to me @ryanbowersob was so much more than that,” Cannon wrote.

He concluded on a note of regret. “I can’t help but think if I wasnt so engulfed in my own bulls**t I could’ve been there for you when you finally took your life after several attempts,” he wrote. “F**k this place!! #CantWin #ForLosing🙏.”

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Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse… 2020 is definitely the most fucked up year I’ve ever witnessed! After waking up & barely rising from my own dark contemplation of continuing my physical existence on this planet, this powerful warrior actually had the balls to do it. I’ve said it once and I will say it again, this was the strongest dude I’ve ever met! Just over a year ago a San Diego Police Officer rushed in his home and unjustifiably shot him placing him in a coma for months. I stood by his bedside and promised him that if he made it out & fought the good fight that I would make his dream come true and put his album out and share his story with the world. He fought and fought, he woke up, they stitched him up, he learned to walk and talk again and within months we were back in the studio recording. Even through his strength he would whisper to me that “Everything Still Hurts”. His music was definitely his safe haven and it was amazing. Paying for lawyers, putting money in his pocket, even putting the music together all meant nothing because I feel like I failed my little brother. The Cops will get away with shooting another kid, everyone will just look at this as yet another loving farewell post, but to me @ryanbowersob was so much more than that. Once again my brother you have put this world in perspective for me. You would do that quite often because I never understood how someone who was experiencing sooo much pain could still laugh and smile through it all. This photo was the last time we seen each other in person. It was your first show back! Soldout crowd in our hometown San Diego and you rocked it!! You were so happy!! Proved to so many that you could do it and that you were Super Human! The greatest comeback I ever saw!! We almost made it little bro! But I guess even flying Super Heros have to land eventually. But I am certain that your energy will never die and your Spirit is eternal, so I ask you still to forgive me for letting you down Warrior. I can’t help but think if I wasnt so engulfed in my own bullshit I could’ve been there for you when you finally took your life after several attempts… Fuck this place!! #CantWin #ForLosing🙏

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