Beyonce leads tributes to rapper Nipsey Hussle after he’s shot dead (Picture: Getty Images)Beyonce has paid an emotional tribute to rapper Nipsey Hussle, who died aged 33 after being shot multiple times in Los Angeles.
Reports revealed the shooting took place on Sunday (31 March) outside of Hussle’s clothing store, Marathon Clothing, in LA.
Since news of his death broke, celebrities have been paying their respects to the artist, including the likes of Rihanna and Drake, with Beyonce sharing a throwback photo of Nipsey as a child to her Instagram page on Monday.
Nipsey had been friends with Beyonce and Jay-Z and only recently was pictured with the pair at Roc Nation’s Grammys Brunch.
Beyonce wrote in tribute to the star: ‘I’m praying with every ounce of my heart for your family. Rest In Peace, Nipsey.’
Nipsey was among three men who were shot and taken to hospital – police revealed he was pronounced dead, while the others remain in a stable condition.
Rihanna shared her shock over Nipsey’s death and wrote on Instagram: ‘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.’
Drake revealed he had been planning to release a song with Nipsey later this year.
He said: ‘F*ck. 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.’
Pharrell Williams tweeted: ‘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.’
‘RIP Nipsey man. This is tragic,’ Chance the Rapper added, while J Cole penned: ‘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.’
Nipsey with his rapper friends, including P Diddy and DJ Khaled, at Jay Z’s Grammys Roc Nation brunch in February (Picture: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation )
Snoop Dogg added that Nipsey was ‘gone too soon’ and Bruno Mars described the star as ‘extremely talented’ and an ‘absolute gentleman.’
Devastated fans held a vigil for the rapper at the site of the shooting – his clothing store in Crenshaw where he had actually bought the entire plaza and was planning to turn his store into a flagship, along with building a six-storey residential building.
Nipsey rose to fame through his mixtapes, including The Marathon and Crenshaw – which he sold for $100 each and Jay Z had bought 100 copies.
He was well respected in the rap community and released 10 mixtapes before his debut album, Victory Lap, in February 2018.
The album earned Nipsey a best rap album nod at the Grammys 2019 but he lost out to Cardi B’s Invasion Of Privacy.
Nipsey is survived by two children, Emani and Kross, and was in a longtime relationship with actress Lauren London at the time of his death.
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