“He was a wonderful human being, who inspired and paved the way for a Hip Hop generation,” the statement said. “We were like brothers — I will miss him more than words can express.”
Private services will be held at historic Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon near NYC.
Others who have shared their condolences and plan to attend the funeral include the Rev. Al Sharpton, Mary J. Blige.
Also, BET announced that the Soul Train Music Awards will honor the rapper as well.