Nipsey Hussle’s death prompts remembrances and conspiracy theories

Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot multiple times outside his clothing store in L.A. on Sunday.

The 33-year-old Hussle (real name Ermias Asghedom) and two other men were reportedly shot at about 3:20pm PT outside the Marathon Clothing in South Los Angeles, and Hussle was later pronounced dead. A suspect has not been identified.

As friends and fans mourned his death, Hussle’s last tweet was quickly held up as proof something wasn’t right, which sent some fans into conspiracy theories.

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L.A. Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff said in a tweet Sunday night that he was scheduled to meet with Hussle today about “ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids.” South Los Angeles saw 30 shootings over the last week, according to NBC Los Angeles. Hussle, a former gang member, was actively involved in the redevelopment of the Crenshaw neighborhood and had recently been part of the development of Black culture museum Destination Crenshaw and Vector 90, a co-working space that aims to get underrepresented groups into STEM fields.

Theories circulated the shooting was gang-related. A video that allegedly featured a man claiming he killed Hussle was removed from Instagram.

Nipsey Hussle and Dr. Sebi

Hussle was also reportedly working on a documentary about Dr. Sebi, a Honduran healer who claimed he could cure AIDS and reportedly died from pneumonia at age 82 after being arrested and detained by Honduran officials in 2016. Twitter quickly circulated theories that Hussle and Sebi’s deaths were somehow linked, as well as a clip from The Breakfast Club in which Hussle discusses what might have been behind his death. Dr. Sebi’s practices and claims have long been scrutinized, but his brand is still active. His website is down as of Monday afternoon.

Elsewhere, fellow performers remembered Hussle.


Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.