Thousands of people gathered at LA's Staples Centre for Nipsey Hussle's (born Ermias Asghedom) Celebration of Life memorial service on Thursday afternoon. One of them was the rapper's longtime love, Lauren London, who delivered a heartbreaking eulogy. Dressed in all white, the 34-year-old actress read an emotional text that she sent to Nipsey back in January. "Ermias, I want you to know that I feel real joy in my heart when I'm around you. I feel safe around you, protected, like a shield over me when you're around," she said. "I love you so much unconditionally. My truth is this: I'm never going to give up on you. My love and my devotion is to you."
Lauren — who was in attendance with their 2-year-old son Kross — then praised Nipsey, calling him "the strongest man that I ever knew" and "a divine light." "Ermias always used to say that you can't possess people, that you experience them, and I'm so honoured and blessed that I got to experience such a man," Lauren continued. "To Ermias, the love of my life, you know what it is. Grief is the final act of love. My heart hears you, I feel you everywhere, I'm so grateful that I had you. I love you beyond this Earth."
The sombre event brought out Nipsey's closest friends and family, including celebrities like Beyoncé, JAY-Z, G-Eazy, Meek Mill, and Cassie. Barack Obama also wrote a touching letter for the memorial, which was read at the beginning of the service by hip-hop media personality Karen Civil.
Nipsey was fatally shot outside of his Marathon Clothing store in LA on March 31. He was 33. Nipsey and Lauren had been together since 2013 and welcomed Kross in 2016. They also shared Lauren's 9-year-old son, Cameron Carter, from her previous relationship with Lil Wayne, as well as Nipsey's daughter Emani. Our hearts go out to Lauren and her family!