Tragedy hits the hip-hop world as rapper Nipsey Hussle is shot dead: Drake, Rihanna, J. Cole others pour in tribute

Popular American hip-hop act, Nipsey Hussle has died after being shot in Los Angeles on Sunday (Mar. 31).

The Grammy-nominated rapper, 33, was shot outside his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles, according to law enforcement sources. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Two other men were in serious condition, and a suspect remains at large.

Moments before the shooting, the rapper, born Ermias Asghedom, was seen taking pictures with fans including a young child outside his Marathon store, which he opened in 2017.

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He also tweeted about “enemies” just hours before the incident. “Having strong enemies is a blessing,” said Nipsey.

He and actress Lauren London shared a two-and-a-half-year-old son named Kross. Nipsey also had a daughter, Emani, from a previous relationship.

Nipsey released his latest album Victory Lap last year, which earned him his first Grammy nomination. He was also active in his community and was working to develop Destination Crenshaw, an open-air museum honoring African-American artistic achievement.

“I think that with me being influential as an artist and young and coming from the inner city, it makes sense for me to be one of the people that’s waving that flag,” he told the Los Angeles Times last year.

After the tragic news broke, Nipsey’s friends took to social media to share their prayers.

 

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We are at a great loss today. This hurts. Straight to the point. It’s dangerous to be an MC. Dangerous to be a b-ball player. It’s dangerous to have money. Dangerous To Be A Black Man. So much hatred. We live like our brothers and sisters in third world countries live. Right in America. Decisions we make about our own life be based on decisions cuz we might not live. Its so deep rooted. It’s not a easy fix. Hard to fix anything when kids are still living in poverty. I ain’t shutting up though, Nipsey is a True voice. He will never be silenced. He still is A stand up General for the People who never left his people. He is Loved by the people. Prayers for his family. Let’s keep pushing Truth for The Man. Love You King Nipsey Hussle/ Ermias Asghedom Respectfully, Nasir Jones

A post shared by Nasir Jones (@nas) on Mar 31, 2019 at 6:18pm PDT

 

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Almost drowned myself in tears for you my nigga!!!!

A post shared by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Mar 31, 2019 at 6:15pm PDT

Rest easy Nipsey!

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