Rapper Chris King Dead at 32: Justin Bieber, Keke Palmer, Machine Gun Kelly and More React

Rapper Chris King Dead at 32: Justin Bieber, Keke Palmer, Machine Gun Kelly and More React
Justin Bieber, Chris King, Keke Palmer. Theo Wargo/Getty Images; Courtesy of Chris King/Instagram; Unique Nicole/WireImage

After the death of rapper Chris King, tributes for the late musician began streaming in from his famous friends and collaborators.

King was shot and killed around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, according to a statement released by the Metro Nashville Police Department.


Authorities said King and some friends were hanging out when three suspects attempted to rob them, ultimately leading to the gunfire that resulted in King’s death. He was 32 years old.


“Love you bro. This one hurts,” Justin Bieber wrote via his Instagram Stories Saturday, April 20. “Please keep his family in your prayers. See you in paradise brother.”

King recently revealed that he and Bieber, 30, actually lived together nearly a decade ago.

“Fun fact: i lived at my brother krib for a full year and a half almost 10 years ago,” King wrote in a December 2023 Instagram post alongside a photo of him and Bieber. “Glad some people never change no matter what. all love, forever extended family.”

Keke Palmer shared a grainy screenshot of a conversation she once had with King, writing via Instagram on Sunday, April 21, “I wish I had more photos but it’s actually perfect because this is exactly how it began.”

“iChat sessions with you and Marcel back in the 2Much days,” Palmer, 30, continued. “Wow. I can’t believe I’m saying rest in peace. This is terrible. I really don’t know what to say.”

Rapper Chris King Dead at 32: Justin Bieber, Keke Palmer, Machine Gun Kelly and More React

Courtesy of Chris King/Instagram

King was a member of the four-person boy band 2 Much alongside Myles ClevelandMilo Stokes and Marcel Wildy.

Palmer concluded, “You always knew how to make everyone laugh. Your kindness was present no matter what room you were in, everybody was and wanted to be your friend. We will miss you until we meet again, rest heavenly brother.”

Trippie Redd remembered King with a carousel of photos posted Saturday via Instagram.

“I am so hurt rn I can’t even think I love you bro come back!!!!!” Redd, 24, wrote. “😪😪😪 @whoischrisking 💔I can’t catch a break 🤮💔💔💔💔💔.”

In the comments of Redd’s post, rapper Machine Gun Kelly wrote, “Chris was rare.”

Redd eulogized his friend in another Instagram post on Sunday, calling King “one of my best friends.”

“Until we meet again twin!” Redd wrote. “I would not be where I am today without @whoischrisking.”

Authorities in Nashville are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the men responsible for King’s death. No arrests have been made.

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