Los Angeles-based rapper Nipsey Hussle was pronounced dead on Sunday after an unknown gunman fired upon him six times.
According to NBC News, the Grammy-nominated artist was outside of his clothing store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles when the shooting occurred.
Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Ashgedom and was of Eritrean descent, was connected with the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips before getting into the rap game.
In recent years, he had become known for his contributions in community activism, philanthropy and the tech industry. He helped spearhead the launch of the Vector 90 STEM learning center in Crenshaw. Additionally, the rapper opened outdoor museum Destination Crenshaw.
TMZ reports witnesses heard several gunshots on Sunday. Footage from the scene captured the ensuing chaos. An unknown person tried to administer CPR before EMTs arrived. Authorities have yet to name a suspect and identified possible culprits.
Before the shooting, Nipsey was reportedly slated to release a documentary on nutritionist Dr. Sebi, who claimed to have cured patients of AIDS.
No further information is available on the details of the shooting. However, just hours before, Hussle had tweeted "Having strong enemies is a blessing."
"I grew up in gang culture. We dealt with death, with murder," he said during a Vector 90 showcase in 2018. "It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it. I guess they call it post-traumatic stress, when you have people that have been at war for such a long time. I think L.A. suffers from that because it’s not normal yet we embrace it like it is after a while."
The 33-year-old was in a long-term relationship with actress Lauren London. They also have a son together. Hussle is also a father to another child outside of his relationship with London.
While he spent most of his career grinding it out and releasing mixtapes, he received a Grammy nomination in 2018 for his first studio album, Victory Lap.
Rest in power, King.