One year ago, Nipsey Hussle was gunned down outside his Los Angeles clothing store.
Nispey - whose real name was Ermias Asghedom - was just 33-year-old when he died, and famous faces have now paid tribute to him.
Eric Holder Jr is alleged to have murdered the rapper and is awaiting trial charged with offences including murder and two counts of attempted murder, after two men were also injured in the incident.
Hussle was deeply committed to helping his community in Crenshaw, South Los Angeles, where he opened a coworking space, an STEM incubator for inner-city youth, advocated for art-centric beautification projects and personally helped renovate roller rink World on Wheels.
On the one year anniversary of the activist and entrepreneur’s death, his friends and family have paid tribute to him and told of the enormous loss they’ve felt since.
A series of gushing tributes have been posted on social media to commemorate the star’s life.
Samiel Asghedom, Hussle’s brother, posted a collection of photos on Instagram featuring the rapper just weeks before he was killed, with one showing him attending the 2019 Grammy Awards with his daughter, Emani.
He was posthumously nominated at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards for best rap album for Victory Lap.
Pro basketball player Russell Westbrook took to his Instagram to post a tribute to his friend. The Houston Rocket wrote: “Hussle Day!! R.I.P to the legend NH NIP!!! We miss you bro!” along with a picture of Nipsey.
Snoop Dogg paid homage to his friend with a series of pictures on his Instagram. The first showed a picture of Nipsey wearing his signature chains while looking straight into the camera. He accompanied the photo with three emojis; praying hands, a rose and a crying face.
The second was a video of himself and Nip posing for a picture on stage as Fetty Wap performed Trap Queen to a huge audience, and a third featured an interview with the star, explaining why he turned down playing his pal Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton.
Roddy Ricch simply wrote on his Twitter : “ALL MONEY IN FOREVER.”
Author and activist Frederick Joseph wrote: “I can’t believe it’s been a year. Thank you for always trying to figure out what we can do for the community.
“Don’t worry, we are still down here doing the work. RIP NIP.”
New Orleans Saints American football star Michael Thomas joined tributes, writing: “I lost my homie and his soul still attached to me.
“Rest In Peace Nip Hussle the Great. I’m still lapping up for you.”
The rapper’s former tour manager Jorge Peniche wrote a heartbreaking note to the visionary.
He said alongside a photo of the star: “The indelible mark you left in my life can not be expressed in words brother.
“My mind constantly replays the amazing memories, over and over again. A decade replays in a flash with a lifetime full of wisdom and experiences compacted into a story not even the most prized novelist or scriptwriter could make up.
“Forever indebted, your energy lives forever. I feel it everywhere I go, and I promise to always do it the Hussle way.
“You’ll never be forgotten. The seeds you’ve planted will bear fruit for generations beyond those we imagined. Love and miss you dearly bro.”
Rapper T.I. shared a video of him and Nip with Dave Chapelle, with the caption: “Just Us Kickin sh*t Before the world went crazy... Ain't been the same since.
“Never will be. Even still... We'll take memories like these & lessons we learned from your life into eternity wit us King.” [sic]
Other huge names such as The Game, Meek Mill, DJ Khalid and Ty Dolla $ign have posted tributes too.
Around 21,000 people attended a massive memorial service for Nip at the Staples Center after his death, in which members of Hussle's family addressed the gathered crowd.
Hussle left behind his fiancée Lauren London, two-year-old son Kross, and 11-year-old daughter Emani Asghedom.