West Coast rap veteran Snoop Dogg has announced the passing of his well-known Uncle June Bug following a memorable run in the entertainment industry dating back over a decade.

Snoop broke the sad news to his 11.2 million Twitter followers Friday (March 21).

“rip uncle junebug . greatest to ever do it !!! heaven wouldn’t be the same without u !,” Snoop tweeted March 21. (Snoop Dogg’s Twitter)

Fellow West Coast rap veteran Daz Dillinger also paid homage to his memory.

“Goin to C my uncle June Bugg I LOVE U UNC”

“CLASSIC DPG’N” (Daz Dillinger’s Instagram)

According to reports, June Bug had been hospitalized with Snoop by his side.

Sources tell us … Snoop is at the hospital with June Bug and Daz Dillinger … and they are trying to comfort him as he succumbs to colon cancer. We’re told doctors have informed the family … barring a miracle, the 70-year-old June Bug will die before day’s end. June Bug was known to accompany Snoop on tour and was often seen dancing on stage during concerts. June Bug was also the uncle of rapper Daz Dillinger. (TMZ)

A biography posted onto Snoop-Dogg.com reveals how much of a close-knit relationship June Bug shared with Snoop.

Uncle June Bugg has always been part of Snoop Dogg’s family… as his uncle, it was only natural. However, over the last few years, June Bugg has become a staple among the Doggy Style Records family, and can be found with Snoop and the All Stars at all times. Uncle June Bugg has become a favorite among Snoop Dogg fans and a staple at Snoop’s live shows. (Snoop-Dogg)

Check out Daz Dillinger paying homage: