Nipsey Hussle, Rapper and Activist, Is Shot Dead in Los Angeles

Fans in Los Angeles paid tribute to the rapper Nipsey Hussle hours after he was fatally shot outside his clothing store. The artist and entrepreneur was an outspoken champion of the Crenshaw neighborhood.

By Niraj Chokshi, Mihir Zaveri and Joe Coscarelli

Nipsey Hussle, the Grammy-nominated rapper, entrepreneur and advocate for his native South Los Angeles, was fatally shot outside his clothing store in that city’s Hyde Park neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.

Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was pronounced dead just before 4 p.m. local time, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner.

News of the 33-year-old’s death, in a shooting that left two others wounded, prompted an outpouring of support from the Los Angeles community that he championed.

“Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy,” Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles, said in a tweet. “L.A. is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence.”

The actress Issa Rae, who also grew up in South Los Angeles, expressed her admiration for the rapper on Twitter.

[Update: Man suspected in Nipsey Hussle shooting is charged with murder.]

“Watching Nipsey inspired me to invest and own in our communities,” Ms. Rae said. “He was a solid man who loved his woman, his family and his community. This hurts.”

Of the two others wounded in the shooting, one was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition while the other suffered only a graze wound, the police said. All three were shot in the parking lot outside The Marathon Clothing, a store that Nipsey Hussle opened in 2017. The authorities had not identified a suspect or motive as of Monday afternoon.

A Los Angeles fixture since the mid-2000s, Nipsey Hussle first drew widespread acclaim in hip-hop for his three-part mixtape series, “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name.” His stage name is a twist on the comedian Nipsey Russell.

“Victory Lap,” his debut album, was nominated this year for best rap album at the Grammy Awards, losing to Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy.”

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