Rapper Nipsey Hussle was killed in a shooting outside Marathon clothing, his clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. Two other men were shot, and a suspect remained at large.
The grammy-nominated artist was shot multiple times in the parking lot of the store and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
No other information was immediately available, but just a couple of hours before, Nipsey, 33, whose real name was Ermias Ashgedom, had tweeted, “Having strong enemies is a blessing.” It’s being speculated that the killing is tied to something gang-related as Nipsey has long been affiliated with the Crips.
Having strong enemies is a blessing.
— THA GREAT (@NipseyHussle) March 31, 2019
Nipsey released a studio album last year, “Victory Lap,” and was nominated for Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammy Awards. He was very active in his South Central community, not just starting up a clothing line, but also opening up locations and services dedicated to technology and community development for the youth.
His loss is felt by many.
RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled. We filmed in Inglewood, close to where he grew up. He was so gifted, so proud of his home, so invested in his community. Utterly stunned that he's gone so soon.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 1, 2019
This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! ???
I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle pic.twitter.com/rKZ2agxm2a
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 1, 2019
You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You inspired millions..millions who will uphold your legacy forever. rest amongst the stars. ?? https://t.co/7gZ795wcQT
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) April 1, 2019
??????‼️‼️‼️‼️ So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 1, 2019
Nipsey you a legend. I respect and admire your career path and what you did for the neighborhood. My heart broke today when I saw the news. I’m praying for your loved ones. This was sposed to be the year we got one in. God had bigger plans for you ??
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 1, 2019
R.I.P Nipsey pic.twitter.com/gjMwgkwrMO
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) April 1, 2019
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 1, 2019
RIP Nipsey man. This is tragic
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 1, 2019