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Family and friends mourn Nipsey Hussle in secret service

A memorial, named 'Nipsey's Celebration of Life', will take place at the Staples Center to allow 21,000 fans to pay their respects to the late rapper.

Murdered rapper Nipsey Hussle. Picture: Twitter @NipseyHussle.

LONDON - Nipsey Hussle's family and friends, including his brother Samiel Asghedom, paid their respects to the late rapper, who was shot dead last month, at a private service in Los Angeles.

According to TMZ, security was tight at the service and is also expected to be beefed up at a public event to celebrate his life on Thursday with members of the Los Angeles Police Department, Nation of Islam, and Staples Center personnel all expected to be in attendance.

A memorial, which has been named Nipsey's Celebration of Life, will take place at the Staples Center to allow 21,000 fans to pay their respects to the late rapper aged 33, and there will also be a 25-mile funeral procession.

Earlier this week, Hussle's family broke their silence following his death, describing the _Double Up _hitmaker as an extraordinary man.

His mother Angelique Smith said: "He recognised at an early age his own capability. His own potential. He has always known. [He will be] remembered as a humble, spirited, respectful man who had, since his childhood, an extraordinary and unlimited intellectual capacity."

Nipsey's father Dawit Asghedom also praised his late son.

He added: "It was like he was sent by God to give some love to bring us together because that's what his lyrics were saying, always. He's not shy to tell the truth even though it might not look good. He wasn't scared of anything. [God] sent him to send a message. We all have a plan, but God has his own plan. So he had completed what he needed to be doing and he did it early so [God] probably want to take him early too."