UPDATE: TMZ's sources have confirmed that Nipsey Hussle is dead at 33.
TMZ is reporting that rapper Nipsey Hussle, up for a Grammy for Best Rap Album just a month ago, was shot multiple times outside his Hyde Park, L.A., store, the Marathon Clothing Company.
Shots rang out Sunday — as many as six — felling the 33-year-old artist, who had just tweeted the cryptic message, "Having strong enemies is a blessing." He had also apparently just posed for a photo with a small child.
Along with Hussle, born Ermias Ashedom, two others were also shot, and TMZ has confirmed that one of the three died at a hospital. The identity of the deceased has not been officially confirmed. One man is reported to have left the scene in a vehicle after the shooting.
Hussle, who reportedly had ties with the Crips street gang, had opened the store in 2017.
More than a month before he was gunned down, Nipsey Hussle spoke with “Extra’s” Tanika Ray at the Grammys, where he was joined by girlfriend Lauren London.
In December, he was involved in a massive brawl that wound up being a case of mistaken identity.
After news broke about his sudden death, Drake wrote on Instagram, "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. 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. I’m only doing this here cause I want the world to know I saw you as a man of respect and a don. Rest easy my g.”
Rihanna added, "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."
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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
Watching Nipsey inspired me to invest and own in our communities. He was a solid man who loved his woman, his family and his community. This hurts.— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) April 1, 2019
😥😥😥😥😥😥‼️‼️‼️‼️ So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt.— LeBron James (@KingJames) 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
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Rolled down my window 12 years ago on Crenshaw & Slauson as you handed me your demo & said “Chuck, don’t frisbee my shit homie... give a young nigga a ear”. From that day to letting you open up for me on tour & us going around the world together, creating a bond & watching your growth to today...... Murdered my friend in front of his own store on a Sunday at that !!! After just talking to you on the phone just last night about the Dr. Sebi documentary, family, the kids & how we were both bout to f&$k the summer up with this music, the world loses a true king. A man that was truly about everything he spoke & stood up for all that he believed in. I keep seeing your name in these headlines bro, but it seems unreal to me.... like, I just cannot believe you gone !!!! I love you..... I’m really broken & saddened by the fact they did this to you SMMFH !!!!! I can only imagine what your family is going through right now... This was not how your life on earth was supposed to end !!!!!!!! They don’t even make friends like you no more...... @nipseyhussle 🙏🏾 & in LA, at his own store ?!?!? A store & business he put there for his people ?!?!? Los Angeles, how we let this happen ?!?!?!?!? I’m ashamed of you right now !!!!! Can’t even live out ya whole life in this city no more... this shit right here is just krazy to me !!!!!!!!!!!! #RestInPeaceNip can’t even fuckin believe it’s actually your name attached to all these REST IN PEACE posts !!!!! SMFH
Sad, mad and disappointed about my guy @NipseyHussle— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 1, 2019
R.I.P Nipsey pic.twitter.com/gjMwgkwrMO— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) April 1, 2019