Nipsey Hussle is survived by his two children: daughter Emani from a previous relationship and son Kross, 2, with his girlfriend, actress Lauren London

By Dave Quinn
April 02, 2019 08:25 AM
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Beyoncé is joining the rest of the music community in mourning late rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot multiple times and killed on Sunday at the age of 33.

The “Halo” singer shared a touching tribute to Hussle (né Ermias Joseph Asghedom) on Instagram, Monday, writing her message in the caption of a childhood photo of the late star.

“I’m praying with every ounce of my heart for your family,’ Beyoncé, 37, wrote. “Rest In Peace, Nipsey.”

Hussle was on the street outside of his clothing store, the Marathon Clothing Company, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles around 3:20 p.m. local time when he was shot alongside two other people (who are currently in stable condition), a public information officer with the Los Angeles Police Department previously told PEOPLE.

An autopsy report by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed Hussle’s cause of death on Monday, saying that he died from gunshot wounds to both the head and torso.

“Today, an autopsy was performed, and it was determined Asghedom died from gunshot wounds of the head and torso,” the coroner said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “The manner of death was certified as a homicide.”

After he was shot, paramedics rushed Hussle to the hospital where he was pronounced dead around 3:55 p.m. local time, the coroner said.

The South Bureau Homicide team is still investigating the incident. No arrests have been made over the shooting at this time, but the police asked the public’s help in tracking down a suspect — Eric Holder, 29 — on Monday.

Nipsey Hussle
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Over the years, Hussle has dropped several mixtapes and worked with JAY-Z. Victory Lap, which was both his debut album and his last album to be released during his lifetime, was nominated for best rap album at the Grammy Awards in February.

“I’ve gotten it from young artists and young hustlers, like, ‘Nip man, I was really inspired by this move you did and I got my own version of that, me and my team,’” he told Complex in February. “That’s what it’s about. Adding something to the game that people can take from.”

“More than a lot of the things that we considered a success,” he continued. “I know in my heart that it’s a higher power and a higher value to what we can do. The times we do it right and it connects and it has that effect on people; that’s really, really fulfilling.”

The “Hussle & Motivate” musician is survived by his two children: daughter Emani from a previous relationship and son Kross, 2½, with his girlfriend, actress Lauren London.

Just hours before the shooting, Hussle tweeted, “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”