- Rapper Martel Kardone who is said to be Beyonce's cousin has died of a gun shot wound
- His body was found in his apartment by police officers who had come to check on him after his friend reported that he was unreachable for days
- The murder suspect has been confirmed to be a 21-year-old artist who released a song which was produced by the deceased
Rapper Martell Derouen popularly known as Kardone has died of a gun shot wound. The 34-year-old is also said to be singer Beyonce's cousin.
His body was found on Tuesday by San Antonio police inside his apartment in central Texas where he was living.
The police are said to have been conducting a welfare check within the area after an unnamed person reported about him missing.
There are numerous reports alleging that the renowned rapper is the Single Ladies hit maker's cousin.
However, Beyonce's representatives have yet confirmed or denied any of those allegations on how the two are related.
The police have also issued a warrant of arrest for the confirmed murder suspect. 21-year-old Sasha Skare is said to be behind the shooting that left Kardone lifeless.
The suspect, a female, is also reported to be an artist in San Antonio and had released a song in April 2020 which was produced by the deceased.
According to court records, she was previously charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a shooting that left one man dead and another with injuries.
The rapper's wife Joia while recording a statement with the police said:
''There is no way to replace him but please help us find this girl, she is dangerous and I do believe she will kill again. If you see her please contact the police. My husband did not deserve this.
Fans of the superstar have been posting their tributes and while others begging Skare to turn herself in after what she did.
Kardone was signed to the Sony Music record label in 2019. His friends have praised him as the 'real subtle dude' while others celebrated him for working hard on his craft without name dropping her top singer cousin in order to get favors.
His immediate family has however called for privacy even as they process what has just happened.
In related news, Briefly.co.za reported that iconic jazz and opera vocalist Dr Sibongile Khumalo has passed away, her family announced on Thursday evening, 28 January.
According to a statement posted on her Instagram page, the world-celebrated Mzansi singer succumbed to stroke-related complications after a lengthy period of illness.
Khumalo, affectionately known as Ma'Mngoma, had a career spanning over 30 years. She began her musical journey when she was only eight. Ma'Mngoma, who was born on 24 September 1957, was launched into the limelight when she won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in 1993.
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