Lauren London, 38, shared a tribute to Nipsey Hussle on Tuesday, August 15, which would’ve marked the late rapper’s 38th birthday. Lauren posted a photo on Instagram of Nipsey with a heartfelt message remembering her late boyfriend, who was shot and killed in March 2019 at the age of 33. “Honoring the day you blessed the Earth with your presence. Forever more. I love you,” Lauren wrote in her tribute to Nipsey. Other celebrities like Taraji P. Henson and Yara Shahidi showed support for Lauren under her post, by commenting blue heart emojis.
Nipsey tragically lost his life over four years ago, on March 31, 2019, when he was shot in the parking lot for his store in Los Angeles. His killer, Eric Holder, was sentenced to sixty years in prison in February 2023. During the trial, Deputy District Attorney John McKinney reportedly shared with the jury that Eric told the rapper, “You’re through.” Hauntingly, Nipsey replied, “You got me.” They had been in a volatile argument leading up to the killing.
In the years since his tragic death, Lauren has regularly shared tributes to Nipsey on various occasions, including birthdays and the anniversary of his death. Nipsey was the father of Lauren’s son Kross Asghedom, who was only two years old when his dad was tragically gunned down. Nipsey also had a daughter, Emani Asghedom, with ex Tanisha Foster.
Lauren has been open about how she still struggles with grief since Nipsey’s death. When she appeared on the PEOPLE Every Day podcast to promote her Netflix rom-com, You People, in January 2023, the actress said she’s “still a work in progress”, and explained that grief doesn’t ever go away, even if she seems happy on the outside.
“I don’t want to give a misconception that I’m at peace and I’m walking around on a cloud,” she said. “I have to wake up with the intention of this every day because there are days I don’t want to, and I’m like angry about it. And that’s what healing is. It is up and down, side to side, all over the place. And with each new level, there’s something else.”
“And I wish he was here, so it’s really a choice,” Lauren also said about Nipsey. “And so I’m making a choice every day, but I don’t wanna give off this perception that, you know, ‘Oh, everything’s all flowers…’ But I think if you make the choice and that you’re intentional with how you would like to show up in life, it could be more gentle than harsh.”