Thousands gathered inside Los Angeles’ Staples Center to say goodbye to the slain Grammy-nominated rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle on Thursday afternoon (April 11).
Taking to the stage first to pay tribute with a song was singer-songwriter Marsha Ambrosius. The singer-songwriter and late artist collaborated on a track titled “Real Big” on his debut studio album Victory Lap. Ambrosius walked the length of the stage and took several deep breaths before tearfully singing Mariah Carey’s 2006 single “Fly Like A Bird.”
Marsha’s performance left many watching the live stream online even more emotional and distraught than when the highly-viewed service began.
Marsha Ambrosius is trying to hold it together.
— Megan Hines (@meggsnhines) April 11, 2019
On March 31st, the 33-year-old was gunned down outside of his Marathon Clothing store. According to reports, the artist died 35 minutes after being shot. The Los Angeles coroner ruled his death a homicide and stated he died from gunshot wounds to the chest and torso.
In the wake of Nipsey Hussle’s death, politicians, musicians, athletes, and fans nationwide have shown their support and expressed their condolences. During the memorial service, Barack Obama even wrote a letter that was read by Hussle’s friend and business partner Karen Civil.