Rihanna, Drake, John Legend & more pay tribute to Nipsey Hussle

01 April 2019 - 08:49 By Odwa Mjo
Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed in Los Angeles on Sunday.
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Tributes are pouring in from fellow celebrities after news of the death of Nipsey Hussle broke on Sunday.

The New York Times reported that the Grammy-nominated rapper was shot dead on Sunday in Los Angeles, USA, outside of his clothing store. 

Born Ermias Asghedom, the 33-year-old rapper rose to international fame in 2010 with his his mixtape The Marathon, the same name as the store where he was gunned down.

The New York Times reported that three people were shot; the other two were injured and taken to hospital. Police said they do not yet know the motive for the shooting. A homicide investigation is under way. 

His latest effort Victory Lap, released in 2018, gained him his first Grammy nod this year. 

Nipsey, father of two, was also the partner of ATL actress Lauren London. 

Colleagues like Rihanna, John Legend and Drake expressed their shock and condolences. 

"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 tweeted. 

Basketball player Stephen Curry said "I got to know him last year and had a great conversation about who he was as a person, what he stood for and what his message was, how he tried to inspire people."