Luminaries in the music industry have expressed their grief after the death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot dead in Los Angeles earlier today.
Hussle, 33, was targeted outside a clothing store he owned in south LA around 3:20pm local time.
The musician, whose latest record Victory Lap was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2019 Grammy Awards, was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Two other men were hospitalised and are reportedly in stable conditions, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said.
The suspected shooter remains at large.
News of his death prompted an impassioned response from his contemporaries and former collaborators, who praised him for his artistic skills and commitment to uplifting his community.
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 pic.twitter.com/rKZ2agxm2a
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 1, 2019
Real one after real one smh R.I.P Nipsey the solid morals you stood on and your legacy will last 4L!!
— Saint Laurent Don (@21savage) April 1, 2019
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 🙏🏿
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 1, 2019
RIP Nipsey man. This is tragic
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 1, 2019
Sad, mad and disappointed about my guy @NipseyHussle
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 1, 2019
John Legend and Drake both spoke about their time working with Hussle and his sense of integrity.
RIP Nipsey. 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 (@johnlegend) April 1, 2019
Hussle is survived by his two children and his partner, Lauren London.