There has been an outpouring of support and grief over the recent, untimely death of Nipsey Hussle. The American rapper and songwriter was fatally wounded in a shooting near Los Angeles. According to police reports, two other people were injured in the shooting. Celebrities have taken to social media to mourn the 33 year old’s passing. Hussle was considered a pillar and inspiration within the black community. Bizarrely, the rapper’s last Twitter post read “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”
Nipsey owned his own record label and clothing store, he invested in an open-air museum and co-working space specializing in offering STEM classes to locals. The rapper was fiercely committed to uplifting his hometown and community of southern Los Angeles. The star was also widely known as a prominent member of the Rolling Sixty Crips, a national street gang that was founded in the mid-1970s. Hussle was also set to work with local police department to end gang violence. Following the news of Hussle’s passing, LA Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff Tweeted, “We (@LAPDChiefMoore and I ) were meeting, at the request of @NipseyHussle with him and @rocnation tomorrow at 4pm to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids. I’m so very sad.” Beyond his community efforts, the musician had collaborated with a long list of big names in the music industry including Kendrick Lamar, Drake, YG, Ty Dolla Sign, Meek Mill and Young Thug.
John Legend was amongst the famous faces who expressed his sadness at Hussle’s sudden death. He shared an emotional post on his Twitter account, saying, “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.” Other celebrities who posted about the tragedy included Rihanna, Tiffany Haddish, Snoop Dogg, Drake and Cardi B.
Hussle’s long-time partner, Lauren London recently broke her silence in an Instagram post. “I am completely lost. I’ve lost my best friend. My sanctuary. My protector. My soul….I’m lost without you. We are lost without you babe. I have no words,” she wrote. The couple have been together since first meeting in 2013, they also share a 2-year-old son, Kross. It has been reported that the LAPD have identified and arrested a suspect who is suspected to have been involved in the shooting.