Celebrities Pay Tribute to Nipsey Hussle, 33, After He Was Shot Dead in Los Angeles

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Celebrities are paying tribute to Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle after he was gunned down in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Nipsey Hussle, who was born Ermias Asghedom, was outside the store he owned, Marathon Clothing, near Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard, when a gunman opened fire after 3 p.m., hitting him multiple times and leaving two others injured. The 33-year-old was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Top artists like Drake, J. Cole, Chance the Rapper and Rihanna quickly took to social media to mourn the loss of rapper. 

“My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this. We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long,” Drake wrote on Instagram.

“You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance fam nobody ever talks down on your name you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us.”

Nipsey sent out what many are calling an eerie tweet just moments before his death, writing, “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”

The suspect, identified by police as a black male, remains at large. Nipsey had previously acknowledged being associated with the gang, Rollin 60's Neighborhood Crips. 

Nipsey was nominated for a Grammy for best rap album earlier this year for his project, "Victory Lap."

He was also known for giving back to his Los Angeles community in numerous ways, offering jobs to struggling locals at his businesses around the city, paying for the funerals of victims of gun violence and pouring money into local schools. 

In February, he opened Vector 90, a community center and co-working space and STEM center in Crenshaw. 

“He did so much for our neighborhood,” Hyde Park resident Glenn Taylor told the Los Angeles Times. “That’s why I’m here today. This has to stop.”

The rapper was set to meet with Steve Soboroff, president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, and LAPD Police Chief Michael Moore to discuss how to stop gang violence on Monday. 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took to social media to express his sadness. 

"Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy. LA is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence,” Garcetti wrote. 

Nipsey was in 6-year-old relationship with actress Lauren London and the pair share a 2-year-old son. The rapper also had a daughter from a previous relationship. 


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