Celebrity Deaths

Rumors swirl as LA officials call Nipsey Hussle’s murder an “assassination”; Former O.J. Simpson DA Chris Darden Representing Killer


Rumors are swirling that Los Angeles police officials knew rapper Nipsey Hussle would be assassinated a day before they planned to meet with him to discuss gang violence in the inner city.

Director Mimi Hendrix posted a collage of clips from her documentary film on Nipsey who worked to revitalize the low income neighborhood in the Crenshaw district.

In the video clip, Steve Soboroff, President of the Los Angeles Police Commission, is heard confirming that Police Chief Michel Moore called him 15 minutes after Nipsey was gunned down on Sunday, March 15.

Soboroff said he received a call from Chief Moore who informed him that the 33-year-old rapper had just been “assassinated”.

The use of the word “assassinated” by a top law enforcement official – who surely knows the definition of the word – is troublesome to Nipsey’s fans.

The word “assassinated” is typically associated with the ambush-style murder of an important figure – such as a president – for political reasons.

It’s rare that top police officials would describe the murder of a rapper as an assassination, unless they knew Nipsey was killed for political reasons.

At the time he spoke with the police chief – 15 minutes after Nipsey was shot – neither man could have known the identity of the killer.

Another troublesome factor is high-profile attorney Chris Darden represents the killer, Eric Holder. Darden is the former LA District Attorney who unsuccessfully tried the O.J. Simpson murder case.

Nipsey’s fans are wondering who is paying for Darden’s very hefty legal bills.

Looking back at the surveillance video of Nipsey’s murder, it’s clear that the killer wanted to make sure the rapper was dead. It was overkill.

Exactly what you would expect to see in a murder-for-hire hit.

Celebrity Deaths, Gun Violence

RIP: Rapper Nipsey Hussle Shot Dead outside of his L.A. store


The rapper known as Nipsey Hussle was shot dead at 3:20 p.m. local time in Los Angeles on Sunday, the LAPD confirmed. The 33-year-old hip-hop entrepreneur was one of three men shot in what police are saying, was a gang-related incident outside his clothing store in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

Nipsey was pronounced dead on arrival at a Los Angeles hospital just before 4 p.m. He was 33. The other two victims are in stable condition, police said.

Witnesses say a lone gunman pumped six bullets into the rapper as he stood with two bodyguards outside his Marathon clothing store in a strip mall on Slauson Avenue.

There are reports that Nipsey tried to run from his killer who shot him in the back of the head at close range.

The gunman fled in a waiting getaway vehicle. He is described as a Black male in his 20s. There was no description of the getaway driver, although witnesses say the driver was a female.

Nipsey’s fans say he was more than just a gang banger with a record deal. Nipsey tried to make a difference in a neighborhood that saw more than its fair share of bloodshed and gang violence.

He owned the Marathon Clothing Company “smart store”, where shoppers could use an app to peruse the store stock. He also owned The Marathon Agency, SC Commercial Ventures and Proud 2 Pay.

In 2010, he founded All Money In No Money Out Records, which debuted his mixtape “The Marathon”.

In 2013, he released his fifth mixtape “Crenshaw”, which sold more than 1,000 cassettes at $100 apiece. The unheard of price per cassette made headlines in the mainstream press.

His last – and most critically acclaimed – album Victory Lap was nominated for a Grammy at the 2019 Grammy Awards. He lost to culture vulture rapper Cardi B, whose career was canceled after she admitted drugging and robbing Black men.

As news spread of Nipsey’s execution, it didn’t take long for the conspiracy theories to kick into high gear.

Many accused pharmaceutical companies of hiring a hit man to kill the rapper to stop his documentary about Alfredo Bowman, aka Dr. Sebi.

The controversial “holistic healer” was arrested and accused of practicing medicine without a license in the 1980s. Dr. Sebi claimed his miracle potions and tonics could cure cancer and AIDS, but his claims were debunked by the medical community.

Celebrity Deaths, Dearly Departed

Aretha Franklin Laid to Rest in style


As thousands of mourners line up to bid a final farewell to the Queen of Soul, as she lie in repose at the Charles H. Wright museum of African American History in her hometown of Detroit.

The Queen of Soul is wearing Christian Louboutin 5-inch patent leather pumps that match a tea-length ruby red dress made of lace – with a full tulle skirt and chiffon overlay, said Linda Swanson, executive vice president of Swanson Funeral Home. The dress has beading on the bodice and shoulders, and a boat neck collar with a chiffon bell sleeve altered by Swanson, who is also a seamstress.

The music legend is wearing custom-designed beaded earrings.

Franklin is resting in a solid bronze Promethean casket plated in 14-karat gold. It is the same type of coffin in which singers James Brown and Michael Jackson were buried, according to The Telegraph of Britain.

The interior is finished with champagne velvet. Franklin’s title, “Queen of Soul,” and her name “Aretha Franklin,” are embroidered in the casket lining with gold metallic thread.

Tributes will be held all week in her honor with a private funeral service to follow, which is scheduled for Friday August 31st.

Celebrity Deaths, Celebrity Parents

Joe Jackson, patriarch of the Jackson family, dead at 89


Joe Jackson, the father and longtime manager of the famed Jackson family, has died at 89. He passed away at 3:30 a.m. according to TMZ.

Jackson had been hospitalized earlier this month.

Jackson is infamous for being a strict father who guided the careers of the children he made a household name.

 

Celebrity Deaths, Celebrity news

Fashion Designer Kate Spade Dead at Age 55


Fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead in her New York City apartment of an apparent suicide on Tuesday, according to published reports. She was 55.

Spade’s body was found hanging in her Park Avenue apartment by her housekeeper. According to news reports, she left a note before taking her own life.

Spade, real name Katherine Noel Brosnahan, was the force behind her own successful clothing label, Kate Spade New York.

Spade founded the company with her husband of 24 years, Andy Spade, in 1993. She launched her clothing line, including shoes and accessories in 2004.

She is survived by her husband and daughter. Spade is also the sister-in-law of actor/comedian David Spade and the aunt to “Amazing Mrs. Maisel” actress Rachel Brosnahan.