Man charged with LA murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle

A man has been charged with the killing of Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot dead on Sunday.

A post-mortem examination found that Hussle, 33, died of gunshot wounds to the head and torso. His death was certified as homicide.

Los Angeles County prosecutors filed the charges against 29-year-old Eric Holder.

He has yet to enter a plea, and it is not clear whether he has an attorney but was expected to appear in court on Thursday.

Police arrested Holder in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday.

Authorities say Holder and Hussle, who knew each other, had several conversations on Sunday outside the rapper’s south Los Angeles clothing outlet.

They claim Holder eventually returned with a handgun and shot Hussle, who was declared dead at a hospital. He also wounded two other men.

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Eric Holder was arrested on suspicion of killing the LA rapper. Pic: Twitter/ LAPD
Image: Eric Holder was arrested on suspicion of killing the LA rapper. Pic: Twitter/ LAPD

Holder faces life in prison if convicted.

Hussle – whose real name was Ermias Asghedom – had success in hip-hop’s inner circles for 10 years through his coveted mixtapes.

Last year he enjoyed a big hit with his debut album, Victory Lap, which was nominated for a Grammy.

Hussle was engaged to actress Lauren London – the couple had a two-year-old son.

He also had another daughter from a previous relationship.

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