The shooting took place last Thursday evening (July 29), according to Metro. Gonzoe was taken to Harborview Medical Centre with life-threatening injuries, with a King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson confirming that he died overnight, aged 45. While police did not identify the victim, friends of the rapper confirmed his identity.
Gonzoe – real name Ronald Moore – was well known as a founding member of rap group Kausion in the ’90s, alongside Cel and Kaydo. The group signed to Ice Cube’s Lench Mob record label and released their debut album, ‘South Central Los Skanless’ in 1995.
Gonzoe went on to sign to Death Row Records as a solo act, where he became close friends with Tupac “2Pac” Shakur. The pair collaborated on a number of songs before 2Pac’s untimely death, including ‘Die’ and ‘This Life I Lead’.
The rapper’s last album was 2017’s ‘Tha Code’. He also reunited with Kausion to release an EP ‘Masters Massacre’ earlier this year.
RIP GONZOE 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/C0KgOL2Z6q
— PROBLEM (@PROBLEM354) July 31, 2021
REST IN POWER GONZOE 🙏🏾
— CROOK (@CrookedIntriago) July 31, 2021
The news about Gonzoe passing away is really really sad. I interviewed for the first time last month and had a really great conversation with him. Very humble and honest guy. My condolences to his family and friends.
— DJ Vlad – VladTV.com (@djvlad) July 31, 2021
Fellow 2Pac collaborator C-Bo shared a video of himself and Gonzoe on Instagram, writing “I hate to see the repeated cycle of killing those that finally have made a change in their life for the better smh fuck the shooter!!!!”.
You can see more tributes below:
MFs Shot and Killed the lil homie Gonzo in Seattle… WTF! Shit’s outta control… I’m sad, mad and sick. pic.twitter.com/UZ56MLvo3u
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) July 31, 2021
Rip Gonzoe 🕊🙏🏽😞 pic.twitter.com/yqNgDHSCc9
— DJ POOH (@DJPooh) July 31, 2021
damn…. rest in peace gonzoe 🙏🏾
— Glasses Malone (@gmalone) July 31, 2021
REST IN PWR Gonzoe from Kaushion. Life is fragile.
— outlaw EDI (@TheRealEDIDON) July 31, 2021