Rapper Nipsey Hussle, who helped bring back Los Angeles roller rink favorite World on Wheels and detailed to The Times in 2018 how he had developed a deep love of music and technology, was killed Sunday. The shocked reaction from the Hollywood community was swift.
Rapper Meek Mill offered some larger commentary, saying: “Broke me.... we really fighting for our lives against our own kind and really have to take risk and match the level of hatred that we are born in .. I’m tired ... prayers for my brother and his family.”
Many others expressed their horror at the killing, as well as their admiration and concern for his family.
heartbroken and speechless— Kehlani (@Kehlani) April 1, 2019
god bless your beautiful family
just spoke about working...
a community legend. a humble king... forreal. ah this don’t feel real. wow.
RIP Nipsey man. This is tragic— Chance Owbum 📅 (@chancetherapper) April 1, 2019
REST IN PEACE NIPSEY HUSSLE— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) April 1, 2019
The rapper’s death went beyond the music community. Entertainment and sports figures like director Ava DuVernay and Lakers star LeBron James also felt the loss.
😥😥😥😥😥😥‼️‼️‼️‼️ So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt.— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 1, 2019
I’ll remember him this way. Bright, genuine, forward thinking.— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 1, 2019
I’ll remember the beauty that he saw in our community. And the beauty that he was.
He loved us. He’s left that love with us. And it cannot die.
Rest in Power, King. You mattered. #FarewellNipsey pic.twitter.com/fiSvURrz3U
Watching Nipsey inspired me to invest and own in our communities. He was a solid man who loved his woman, his family and his community. This hurts.— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) April 1, 2019
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