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How did Emani 22 die? R&B artist dies, aged 22, in Los Angeles

'I don’t even know what to say…This doesn’t even feel real,' wrote rapper Bhad Bhabie about Emani 22's sudden death
UPDATED OCT 12, 2021
Emani 22 has reportedly died aged 22 in Los Angeles (Instagram)
Emani 22 has reportedly died aged 22 in Los Angeles (Instagram)

Emani Johnson, known by her stage name 'Emani 22' has reportedly died, aged 22, in Los Angeles. Claims that she passed away started to circulate on social media in the evening on October 11, however, her team and family have yet to verify this news. Emani's close friend who goes by the username alannatheballer shared this news on Instagram with a somber message. "My heart hurts so bad. I love you so much Emani. I’m so sorry this happened to you. you didn’t deserve this at all! you were such a light to so many of us," she wrote in the caption of the photos she shared.

"Thank you for always being so loving and kind to me. you always went above and beyond for me and always looked out for me. I love how bold you were and were never scared to tell me how you feel. I’m so happy we reconnected last year," read a part of the message Alanna wrote for her. Speaking of musical artists who have lost their lives this year, transgender pop star and producer Sophie died in January. This month fans mourned the deaths of Biz Markie and Sound Sultan among others. Robert Eugene Steinhardt, the violinist for Kansas band, died at 72 last week on July 17.


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How did Emani 22 die?

Born on December 27, 1998, in Los Angeles Emani 22 was just starting out in the R&B industry as a singer and dancer. Her debut album titled 'The Color Red' dropped in 2020 years after releasing multiple singles. There is no official confirmation about what led to her death, however, people online are claiming that she died after she was in a car accident. Emani has over 145k followers on Instagram and a lot of them have flocked to the comments section of her photos to express their grief. 

Rapper and model Bhad Bhabie wrote a tribute for Emani on her page. "I don’t even know what to say…This doesn’t even feel real. I used to spend almost everyday with you. You taught me so many things. You are my inspiration for many things (hair,nails, style, etc) my big sister 😔I’m gonna miss you so much," she wrote. Fans took to Twitter to grieve the loss of the young artist. A user wrote, "Emani was only 22, still young, and had her whole life ahead of her. Her passing away is really unbelievable asf."

"Rest In Peace Emani 22. She would include me in things when the rest of her group didn’t really want me to. She spoke kind words and always uplifted others. She grew me so much as a singer and a performer but also a confidant. I am so grateful to have had her in my life," tweeted another. "Man Emani 22 was a real one. Blessings to the queen," tweeted another fan. "RIP Emani 22 she was so talented. i was just wondering when she was gonna drop some more music. 'Feelings' was a fav of mine. life is fr short af. can’t take this shit for granted yo," another fan wrote.