Lil Wayne broke his silence over the death of officer Robert Hoobler, who Wayne credits with saving his life after he suffered from a self-inflicted gun wound to the chest at just 12 years old. 

Hoobler died at his home Jefferson Parish, Louisiana on Friday (July 22) morning amid reports that he was suffering from health issues. Hoobler’s grandson, Daniel Nelson, told NOLA.com that his grandfather’s health declined following a car wreck and a struggle with diabetes, leading doctors to amputate both legs. In an Instagram post on Sunday, Lil Wayne shared a photo of Hoobler and wrote, “Everything happens for a reason. I was dying when I met u at this very spot. U refused to let me die. Everything that doesn’t happen, doesn’t happen for a reason. That reason being you and faith. RIP uncle Bob. Aunt Kathie been waiting for u. I’ll love & miss u both and live for us all.”