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(sohh.com) Recalling the loss of his sister in 2005, Nelly detailed his personal battles.

“I lost my sister in ’05 and almost didn’t make it back,” Nelly said in an interview. “That’s a lot that people didn’t know. Even when I was going into Brass Knuckles it was just, a’ight. I lost my sister and six months later I lost my grandfather. Both of them the same way — different diagnosis but both of them was due to cancer. And we had done so much to try to find a donor for my sister. I don’t know if you ever had someone ailing from cancer in your family, but it’s some of the most disheartening things to watch people go through so much pain and not be able to do anything about it…To have so much. So much money, so much things that you can basically buy your way out of it, but this thing here you can’t get a grasp on it for nothing in the world. And I never lost anything in my life that close to me, never, ever, ever. And this is the person that took care of me.”

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