Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration of Life is happening on Thursday (April 11).
On Tuesday (April 9), complimentary tickets to the late rapper’s memorial were made available to the public at 10 A.M. In a matter of minutes, the seating chart of the Staples Center venue was blocked out.
According to NY Daily News, by 10:42 A.M., a meesage was posted announcing all the tickets have been snapped up.
“All tickets for the Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration of Life have been distributed and no additional tickets will be available,” the message read.
Prior to the release of the tickets, there were rumors that the memorial will be a paid event.
Karen Civil, Nipsey’s friend and business partner, addressed those rumors on Saturday.
“I want to officially let @NipseyHussle fans & supporters know there will be NO selling of tickets to his funeral,” she wrote on Twitter. “A lot of incorrect information was released today, please know in the upcoming days and official statement will be made soon. “
With the tickets all cleaned out, scalpers have been trying to profit from the free event, with some selling tickets for as much as $500 each!
However, measures are being taken to ensure this will be avoided. AXS, the company who handled the ticket distribution, tells TMZ that they are “cracking down on scalpers and ticket fraud because tickets are being distributed through the company’s mobile app and are non-transferable.”
And as for those who are trying to sell them off Craigslist, the website is flagging the sales ads and yanking them from the site.
On Sunday (March 31), Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle (real name Ermias Joseph Asghedom) was gunned down outside of his clothing shop, Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles. He was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was 33.
Following news of the rap artist’s death, countless fans and fellow artists have been mourning. Stars like Drake, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and many more have taken to social media to pay their respects to the fallen rapper.
Last Monday (April 1), the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed Nipsey’s death to be a homicide caused by shots to the head and torso.
By Tuesday (April 2), the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that alleged shooter, Eric Holder, was in custody. He has since been charged with murder and attempted murder, to which he pleaded not guilty during his arraignment last week.
Nipsey’s long-time love Lauren London has spoken out about the rapper’s death on social media.
“I am completely lost. I’ve lost my best friend. My sanctuary. My protector. My soul….I’m lost without you. We are lost without you babe. I have no words,” she captioned a slide show of photos of the late rapper on Instagram.
She also talked about how she will “always represent for my king” in an interview with the LA Times.
“He was a protector and wanted us to be our best at all times. He was a truth seeker and truth speaker…I’m going to keep my head high and always represent for my king to the fullest. He loved his kids. He was a family man. His family came first.”
The couple have been dating since 2013, and shared two-year-old son, Kross. Their blended family also consist of Nipsey’s 7-year-old daughter, Emani, with ex Tanisha Asghedom, and Lauren’s 9-year-old son, Kameron, with ex Lil Wayne.
His mom, Angelique Smith, also opened up about her son’s passing in a video posted on Facebook.
“I have perfect peace and I have strength, and I want to lift you up. Please do not stay down, do not stay stuck, do not mourn, because Nipsey is The Great.”
“He is The Great, and now he is even greater, because he has no bounds and no limits,” she continued. “His energy is everywhere. He’s there with you now, and he’s here with me now.”
Aside from his music and his philanthropy, the rapper, who grew up in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles, will also be remembered as a vital part of the community. South Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson announced on Thursday (April 4) that the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue would be named Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square.
Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration Of Life And Legacy will be held at the Staples Center on Thursday, April 11, at 10 A.M. sharp.