Tina Knowles spoke out about the death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, adding that her family is helping her get through the tough time.
In a conversation with Maria Shriver on her podcast Meaningful Conversations with Maria Shriver published on Monday, Knowles, 65, revealed that she has a long-running group chat with daughters Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, as well as Kelly Rowland and Knowles’ niece, Angie.
“It’s like I have four girls. And it’s so funny because we are always on group chats,” Knowles told Shriver when asked how she keeps her family close. “And we’ll be on a group chat for two hours, just going back and forth and laughing about something or being sad about something.”
I’m sure you heard about Nipsey Hussle being killed, so we’ve been on this group chat… the sadness about that, and the disappointment,” Knowles added. “He’s on my son-in-law’s label and my son-in-law [JAY-Z] loved him so much.”
“He was such a great guy that the whole community is sad, but it’s really comforting to be able to be on that group chat and talk about it,” she continued. “It’s like counseling.” The “Halo” singer previously shared a touching tribute to Hussle (né Ermias Joseph Asghedom) on Instagram, writing her message in the caption of a childhood photo of the late star.
“I’m praying with every ounce of my heart for your family,’ Beyoncé, 37, wrote. “Rest In Peace, Nipsey.”
This coming Thursday, a Celebration of Life and Legacy ceremony will be held for Hussle, who was shot and killed outside of his Los Angeles clothing store last week. The memorial will be held at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles — a venue that holds 21,000 people.
The service, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., will be free to California residents, with a maximum of four tickets being offered for each household. Tickets will be available beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m. Those interested can learn more information here.
Hussle, 33, died from gunshot wounds of both the head and torso, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed last Monday. “Paramedics were called and [Hussle who was born Ermias Joseph Asghedom] was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.,” the coroner said, in a statement