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In a tragic occurrence, the bodyguard of rapper Nelly was murdered recently.

Michael Johson, 36, described as being the St. Louis native’s “left-hand man”, was shot multiple times outside of a home.

Occurring on Wednesday night, St. Louis county police responded and were brought to the home located on Nola, near North Hanley, around midnight.

Now under investigation, there have been no arrests in connection to the murder, but authorities are on the hunt for the suspect and obtain some type of motivation for such a fatal attack.  Currently, they are retracing Johnson’s movements of the last 24 hours in order to find where he was and what could have led to the shooting.

As it relates to the ongoing search, the rapper has refused to comment on the incident involving one of his closest bodyguards.

Update: Nelly has since responded via Twitter about the shooting of his cousin:

“Contrary to some reports micheal johnson wasnt my bodyguard! he was my cuzzen and my friend!! I will always luv n miss u MJ!!!!!”

“Channel 2 stl don’t Ever have 2worry about another interview from me or a stlunatic ever again!!  There not invited 2any of my functions!!   Why would you channel 2 mix me giving away scholarships 2students with the murder of my cuzzen after I told u I didn’t want 2talk about it Ino its your right chnnel 2 but Y is it when a brother goes to do good they wanna make the bad the headline?thanx for the home town support

After watching channel 2’s broadcast its clear to me about motives!my cuzzen deserved his own segment as well as the 2 deserving students!! I’m NEVER WATCHING CHANNEL 2 news in stl ever again!!! STLOUIS SPREAD THE WORD!!!”