Bounce Rapper Big Freedia’s Brother Murdered in New Orleans

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He was 35

Big Freedia’s brother was shot late Wednesday night in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans. He passed due to the incident shortly after.

Freedia, who grew up in the neighborhood, confirmed that the victim was her “only blood brother“ in posts to social media. She shared the news of his death via a series of emotional Instagram posts.

“My heart is so heavy right now,” Big Freedia wrote on Thursday morning. “They took my baby brother from me … now he is in heaven with my Mama.”

She posted another tribute to her brother, saying that she couldn’t sleep because she was wracked with grief over the tragic news.

“Up can’t sleep my lil brother really gone they took him from us,” she wrote. “Please pinch me so I can wake up from this dream missing him like crazy my only blood brother !”

Big Freedia released an official statement on top of the social media postings. Freedia cancelled several shows scheduled for this weekend that coincided with the beginning of parade season in New Orleans. She wrote,

“My younger brother, Adam Ross, was fatally shot last night in a senseless act of violence in New Orleans. As the magnitude of this situation sinks in, I am cancelling any shows this weekend (Jan 26-28). Thank you for understanding this very difficult time for me and my family. We are truly heartbroken.“

According to the New Orleans Police Department, the shooting occurred at 10:20 p.m. near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard and Magnolia Street. The Picayune’s descriptions of the area around the home indicate that nearby homes were probably abandoned.

Police have not released a name of any suspects or motive for the shooting. The victim, Adam Ross, was 35.

Big Freedia attends the Guinness World Record And Big Freedia Twerking Event at Herald Square on September 25, 2013 in New York City

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