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Minnesota rapper Lexii Alijai, who is Roger Troutman’s granddaughter, died on New Year’s Day, as Page Six reports. The cause of death is currently not known.

Alijai’s loved ones confirmed the sad news via social media. Alijai was 21-years-old.

The rapper, whose given name is Alexis Alijai Lynch, was a rising artist who was building a huge following on Instagram, YouTube, and Soundcloud prior to dropping her debut album Growing Pains in September of 2017.

“Rest in paradise you’ll never be forgotten!” Alijai’s cousin, Raeisah Clark, posted to Facebook Wednesday. “I’m so lost for words…my beautiful cousin with so much talent & Unique soul Lexii Alijai It’s too soon.”

“They say don’t question God, but damn why you baby,” another relative, LaMycha Jett, wrote. “This thing called life is crazy as hell. My heart is broken [and] the tears won’t stop….I love you more than you’ll ever know….You gained your beautiful wings.”

Alijai collaborated with R&B singer-songwriter Kehlani on her singles “Jealous” and “You Should Be Here.” The latter was nominated for a Grammy-award.

Kehlani took to Instagram to express her sorrow regarding Alijai’s death. The singer shared a few photos of herself with the rapper as well as some solo photos of Alijai.

“I’m so sick. I’m so angry. I’m confused and my heart is broken. I don’t know why this happened. I don’t know what you’ve ever done but be brilliant, kind, strong, gentle, compassionate… my lil baby dawg. You got my heart on the floor right now Lex,” Kehlani wrote in the caption of her post. 

“You were such a star to me because every word you spoke was true. Every word you wrote was honest.”

Lexii Alijai

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 05: Lexii Alijai arrives at PrettyLittleThing X Hailey Baldwin at Catch on November 5, 2018 in West Hollywood, California.

 

The rapper’s last Facebook post on New Year’s Eve was a status that Alijai shared that same day back in 2013. “Stayin in the crib as usual on New Years… [I don’t] do parties,” it said. “I hope everyone has fun, be safe!”

Dreamville’s Bas took to Instagram to express his feelings regarding the rapper’s death.

you deserved to see the day when the world celebrated your talent, character, and integrity. I'm positive it was right around the corner. gone far too soon. RIP Lexii. thank you for being you and sharing your light.

27.2k Likes, 271 Comments - Bas (@bas) on Instagram: "you deserved to see the day when the world celebrated your talent, character, and integrity. I'm..."

“You deserved to see the day when the world celebrated your talent, character, and integrity. I’m positive it was right around the corner,” Bas wrote in the caption of his post. “Gone far too soon. RIP Lexii. thank you for being you and sharing your light.”

Check out a few other social media posts regarding Alija’s death below.

 

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.