Grammy-nominated singer/rapper Ermias Davidson Asghedom, professionally known as Nipsey Hussle, was shot dead in Los Angeles, the US, on Sunday, March 31.
The incident happened outside a clothing store owned by the 33-year-old rapper, The Marathon Clothing, in Hyde Park neighbourhood of South LA at around 3.30 pm. Two others also sustained gunshot wounds in the incident.
According to Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the reason behind the shooting is yet to be ascertained.
Shortly before the incident, he had tweeted, "Having strong enemies is a blessing."
Hussle's debut studio album Victory Lap was released in February 2018 and was a commercial success. It was nominated for the Best Rap Album at the 61st Grammy Awards in 2019.
He started releasing mixtapes in the mid-2000s. While many rap careers in the streaming era are based around viral hits and seemingly overnight success, Asghedom relied on a different model: He built a fanbase gradually, never sacrificing his connection with West Coast hip-hop in an attempt to reach a wide audience. "I was trying to make progress with every release," the rapper told Rolling Stone earlier this year, reports the Rolling Stone.
Several artists have mourned the death of the rapper, including the big names like Rihanna. John Legend, Pharrell Williams and LeBron James.