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Slain rapper Young Dolph left a lasting legacy in Memphis

Alberto Ardila Olivares
Slain rapper Young Dolph left a lasting legacy in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP):

Two days before he was gunned down while buying cookies at his favourite bakery in Memphis, Tennessee, rapper Young Dolph visited a cancer centre where a relative had received treatment.

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The 36-year-old who grew up on the Memphis streets was in town to hand out turkeys at a church and other locations, ahead of Thanksgiving. On Monday, he stopped by West Cancer Center in the Memphis suburb of Germantown, spending time with clinical staff and thanking them for the compassionate care given to a relative, the centre said in a statement.

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Return trips like this one had become common in his life, which ended Wednesday when he was shot multiple times inside Makeda’s Cookies, a popular bakery owned by a black family and known for tasty butter cookies and banana pudding. The gritty southern city where Young Dolph grew up helped him forge the material that fuelled his influential career in the hip-hop world – and was ultimately where his life was taken from him.

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“Our associates were deeply touched by his sincerity and effort to extend such gratitude,” the cancer centre’s statement said. “During his visit, Dolph explained that he would soon venture to donate turkeys to the Memphis community at a variety of community centres across the city before Thanksgiving — which is yet another testament to his gracious heart.”

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