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LeBron James, Rihanna Pay Tribute to Nipsey Hussle: ‘This One Hurts Big Time’

Musicians, athletes and Hollywood stars say goodbye to the Los Angeles rapper who was shot and killed Sunday

Countless athletes and entertainers are paying tribute to rapper Nipsey Hussle after he was shot and killed outside his Marathon Clothing store in his hometown of South Los Angeles on Sunday evening.

NBA star LeBron James said on Instagram he had just been texting Hussle, born Ermias Ashgedom, about how “proud” he was of him.

“May you rest in PARADISE Young King,” James said. “THIS ONE HURTS BIG TIME.”

Rihanna tweeted that the shooting didn’t “make any sense” and that her “spirit is shaken” by the attack.

Fellow L.A.-bred rapper Kendrick Lamar honored Hussle as a “warrior” and “solider” during a performance in Argentina on Sunday. “We love you Nipsey!” Lamar said after a moment of silence.

Drake said Hussle’s death had his “whole energy at a low right now,” and that he’d planned on working with the 33-year-old performer later this year. “I’m only doing this here cause I want the world to know I saw you as a man of respect and a don.”


Several other celebrities, including “Insecure” star Issa Rae and Colin Kaepernick, shared their thoughts on Hussle’s death on Twitter Sunday night and into Monday morning.



L.A. Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff tweeted that he had been set to meet with Hussle on Monday on ways to “help stop gang violence and help us help kids. I’m so very sad.” Hussle had also recently helped launch a STEM-focused startup incubator in South Los Angeles, called Vector 90.



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