On Sunday evening, the music world was stunned by news that hip hop icon Nipsey Hussle had been murdered outside a store he owned in Los Angeles.
He was just 33 years old.
Though he may have never achieved the mainstream success enjoyed by some of his contemporaries, Nipsey was considered one of the most influential figures in contemporary hip hop, both for his music and for his philanthropic efforts.
In the hours after Hussle's passing, stars from all corners of the celebrity universe paid tribute to the departed Grammy nominee in a stirring testament to the power of his enduring legacy.
J. Cole, Meek Mill, Pusha T, Issa Rae, Vince Staples, Jalen Ramsey, Marcus Stroman, Michael B. Jordan were just some of the celebs to tweet out tributes to Nipsey after receiving news of his passing.
"RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled," tweeted John Legend.
"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."
"F-ck. My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this," Drake wrote on Instagram.
"We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long," he added.
"You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance fam nobody ever talks down on your name you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us.
"I’m only doing this here cause I want the world to know I saw you as a man of respect and a don. Rest easy my g."
Outside of the entertainment world, athletes like LeBron James and Steph Curry paid tribute to Nipsey.
"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 that into something extremely powerful, represented an entire city," Curry said in a press conference following Sunday's Golden State Warriors game.
"Definitely a sad, sad, tragic event. Send prayers to his family, his community, to Lauren London, hopefully, they stay strong through this, it's tough," Curry added.
"You know, senseless crimes that don't need to happen, especially with a guy who was doing what he was doing."
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also paid tribute to Hussle and was the first to announce his passing on social media.
At this time, no arrests have been made in connection with the Nipsey's murder.
Our thoughts go out to the rapper's loved ones during this painful time.