Grammy-nominated rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed in his native Los Angeles on Sunday.
Hussle, 33, was a noted NBA fan and was friends with many players, and his death sent shock waves through the league. Tributes from players and teams began to pour in shortly after the news broke.
LeBron James took to Instagram to post a picture of Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, with the caption, “Just spoke with you the other day on text bro! Telling you how proud I was of you and how I was gone get you to more Laker games next season. Been A Stand Up dude from Day 1. May you rest in PARADISE Young King ‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️ This One Hurts Big Time!”
Stephen Curry, visibly upset by the news, shared his thoughts on Hussle following the Golden State Warriors’ win over the Charlotte Hornets.
“Yeah, that was tough. Obviously a surprise to a lot of people,” Curry told reporters. “I got to know him last year and had a great conversation about who he was as a person, what he stood for, what his message was, how he tried to inspire people considering where he grew up and how he turned it into something extremely powerful and represented an entire city. So definitely a sad, sad, tragic event.
“Obviously, sending prayers to his family, his community, to Lauren London (who Hussle was in a five-year relationship with). Hopefully they stay strong though this. It’s tough. Senseless crimes that don’t need to happen, especially with a guy that was doing what he was doing.”
Additional tributes are below.