Cousin of Nicki Minaj Found Dead

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Tragic news today for Nicki Minaj and her family.

The singer's 26-year old cousin (Nicholas Telemaque, who also went by "Juse") has been found dead, as announced/mourned by the artist herself over Twitter last night. Including the following photo with her message, Nicki wrote:

Nicki Minaj Cosmo Cover

"Lived in Brooklyn his whole life. My precious cousin. My baby. Killed last nite."

Minaj's Twitter followers quickly delivered notes of support to the artist, including this one from Jordin Sparks: "Sending love & prayers to you and your family."

Nicki is currently touring the country with Britney Spears. It's unknown if she'll take any time off to make arrangements for her late relative.

[Photos: Fame Pictures, Twitter]

UPDATE: Police say the crime took place around 2:40 a.m., the victim died of "multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso" and the shooter is still on the loose.

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You're the best. Stay up (:

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c0nd0lences t0 her family ... l0ve u nicki minaj..

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love u nicki minaj

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nicki minaj are u dead or not if not dead call me at 4044541635 ok plz your biggest fan kelly so call me plz

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i always luv you

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Am so sorry about your loss Nicky.

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sry to hear bout ur loss. i love u nicki ur the best!

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sad. my condolences to her family. Love Nicki.