We have a couple updates on the tragic murder of Nipsey Hussle.
The tragic and cold-blooded murder of Nipsey Hussle, we really ought to say.
As you likely know by now, the rapper was shot dead outside of his very own clothing boutique in Los Angeles this past Sunday afternoon.
He was only 33 years old.
While the suspect is reportedly still at large and the motive behind the homicide is still unknown -- although all signs point to the incident being related to the Crips versus Bloods gang feud - we can now confirm Hussle's cause of death.
The official autopsy report has been made public.
According to this detailed document, the Grammy-nominated rapper died from gunshot wounds to both the head and torso, per findings from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
This conclusion does back up what the police and various news outlets have been reporting.
Hussle was allegedly shot from very close range.
The assailant walked right up to him and two other men, fired an unknown number of total bullets, and then got into a waiting getaway vehicle.
It appears to have been a calculated murder.
“Paramedics were called and [Hussle who was born Ermias Joseph Asghedom] was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.,” the coroner said in a statement yesterday.
Added this expert:
“Today, an autopsy was performed, and it was determined Asghedom died from gunshot wounds of the head and torso. The manner of death was certified as a homicide."
Nothing too stunning from this report, but it does confirm that Hussle never really had a chance.
He and the two others who were shot were taken to a local hospital, but the artist was pronounced dead within minutes of his arrival.
According to TMZ, Hussle filmed a music video three days before he was killed -- and there was major concern over his safety during this process.
The production team reportedly wanted the parking structure where the video was shot to be shut down entirely in order to restrict access. Those in charge also hired 10 armed police officers due to fear over something happening to Hussle.
It's not entirely clear just why they had this worry at the time.
Legend did confirm via Twitter than the music video was filmed on Thursday.
RIP Nipsey, he wrote.
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.
Very soon before he was killed, meanwhile, Hussle himself Tweeted:
Having strong enemies is a blessing.
However, numerous stars have been in mourning over this death because Hussle was dedicated to establishing peace on the streets.
He was doing all he could to end the gang violence around the area in which he grew up.
Elsewhere, authorities now say the suspected gunman has been identified as Eric Holder, a 29-year-old Los Angeles resident with gang ties.
The Los Angeles Times has cited law enforcement sources who said Holder was an acquaintance of Hussle and they had gotten into a dispute before the shooting.
He fled the scene in a white 2016 Chevy Cruz that was driven by an unidentified female accomplice, according to the Los Angeles police department press release.
The vehicle’s California license plate was reported to be 7RJD742.
We don't know whether Holder was the man who actually outed himself in THIS VIDEO.
A vigil in honor of Hussle was organized outside of his California music store late Monday.
The rapper leaves behind two kids and countless sullen supporters.
May he rest in peace.