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Minnesota rapper Lexii Alijai dead at age of 21

The St. Paul native was a rising star.

The Minnesota-born rapper known as Lexii Alijai has died at the age of 21.

The death of Alijai, full name Alexis Alijai Lynch, was confirmed by family members on Facebook. 

Her cousin, Raeisah Clark, posted on Wednesday afternoon: "Rest in paradise you’ll never be forgotten! I’m so lost for beautiful cousin with so much talent & Unique soul Lexii Alijai It’s too soon."

Another relative, LaMycha Jett, wrote: "My heart is broken ... the tears won’t stop. I’m trynna hold it together... I love you more then you’ll ever know."

Alijai was a rising star in the rap world, recently collaborating on California singer-songwriter Kehlani's single "Jealous," which reached No. 36 in the charts.

Kehlani tweeted this on Wednesday, and has since added "Long Live Lexii" to her Twitter bio.

Alijai also collaborated with Kehlani on the single, "You Should Be Here," which was nominated for a Grammy, and had previously performed at the Soundset Music Festival in St. Paul in 2016 at the age of just 18.

She released her first album, Growing Pains, in 2017, having built a large following on the likes of Soundcloud, Instagram and YouTube.

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Vibe reports that Alijai was also the granddaughter of singer and songwriter Roger Troutman.

Tributes to Alijai have been flooding in since news of her death broke. There is still no word on her cause of death.

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