Some Fans Think Nipsey Hussle’s Murder Was A Government Conspiracy
After it was confirmed that rapper Nipsey Hussle died after being gunned down outside his store in LA on Sunday, it wasn't long before wild conspiracy theories about his death arose.
The 33-year-old artist -- real name Ermias Asghedom -- was fatally shot outside his clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday, while two others were injured at the scene. The Coroner's office today said in a statement obtained by E! News that the late rapper "was found to have died from gunshot wounds of the head and torso."
According to another statement posted by the LAPD, while there was no suspect information initially, they later revealed to have a suspect in mind and were attempting to locate him, while TMZ has since obtained security footage of the alleged gunman following the incident.
While multiple sources told TMZ that the alleged shooter had been seen having a tense convo with Nipsey prior to the event, and was allegedly a gang member, the internet has instead delved far deeper into the matter.
In fact, some are convinced that his death was not associated with gang activity at all and -- not unlike most conspiracy theories -- the US government is apparently to blame.
This particular conspiracy theory has since gained major traction across Twitter, after fans insisted that Nipsey’s work on an upcoming documentary about Honduran herbal healer Dr. Sebi contributed to his murder, with the theory trending on the social media platform upon confirmation of Nipsey's death.
OK... There's A LOT to unpack here, so let's attempt to break it all down...
Who is Dr. Sebi?
Dr. Sebi -- real name Alfredo Darrington Bowman -- was a Honduran herbal healer, and although he called himself "Dr" it's important to note that he was not a licensed physician.
Sebi was a promoter of the Alkaline diet who claimed he could cure AIDS, and in 2016, he reportedly died from pneumonia at the age of 82 after being arrested and detained by Honduran officials. Theorists believe that pneumonia was simply a cover-up, and instead believe he was executed by the U.S. Medical Corporations because his AIDS remedy "would take away from profits."
What was the documentary Nipsey was involved in?
Nipsey had regularly spoken out about the documentary on Dr. Sebi, which aimed to examine the 1985 trial between the healer and the Supreme Court -- a trial which Dr. Sebi won.
“Dr. Sebi went to trial in New York because he put in the newspaper that he cured AIDS," Hussle said in a February 2018 interview with The Breakfast Club. "He beat the case. Then he went to federal court the next day, and he beat that case. But nobody talks about it."
In an eerie twist, in a March 2018 interview where he again discussed the doco, he joked about how his fans were warning him to "be careful" about working on Dr. Sebi's story, even joking to the host, "If they kill me for this documentary y'all better ride [for me]”.
Why would he be killed over a documentary?
Nipsey himself believed that Dr. Sebi's death was suspicious, saying in an interview, “Why do they kill all holistic doctors? You’re messing up the medical industry. You’re short-stopping his grind. They checking billions. You’re playing with some pharmaceutical money.”
Another fact that believers of this theory like to point out is that TLC member Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes died in a car crash in Honduras in 2002 -- shortly after she spoke with Dr. Sebi.
Hussle’s friend and fellow rapper, Nick Cannon, has since vowed that he would pick up where he left off in working on the documentary.
“Where you left off, we gonna carry on!,” Cannon wrote on Instagram. “It’s a Marathon so I’m picking up the baton! Because they can’t kill us all! Spiritual warfare is real and in full effect. And now your spirit is protecting your community eternally!”
Of course, all this info should be taken with a MAJOR grain of salt, since we obviously don't know the finer details of the tragic situation.
Nipsey Hussle is survived by his longterm partner, Lauren London, and his children.