Nicki Minaj‘s cousin has been “murdered” near his home in Brooklyn.
The rapper – who was born in Trinidad & Tobago but grew up in nearby Queens – took to her Twitter account to reveal that her relative, called Nicholas, was killed on Sunday night (July 3).
“Lived in Brooklyn his whole life. My precious cousin. My baby. Killed last nite,” she wrote on Twitter.com/nickiminaj, before adding: “My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse, or @brolicalcoholic Murdered. Last nite. Near his home. Brooklyn, NY.”
Among the fans and well-wishers replying to Minaj was R&B star Jordin Sparks, who said: “Sending love & prayers to you and your family.”
Just last week Minaj received the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist gong at the annual BET Awards.