The up-and-coming American star passed away on New Year’s Day and a cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Her cousin, Raeisah Khan, confirmed the devastating news on Facebook, writing: “Your a real Legend. If you know her or heard her music you’d feel chills. Rest in paradise you’ll never be forgotten!
“I’m so lost for words…my beautiful cousin with so much talent & Unique soul. It’s too soon.”
Another family member, LaMycha N Jett, posted a heartfelt tribute.
She wrote: “They say don’t question God, but damn why you baby. This thing called life is crazy as hell.’
“My heart is broken the tears won’t stop. I’m trynna hold it together… I love you more then you’ll ever know.
“I can’t focus, I can’t concentrate, I’m numb, I literally can not breath. Rest easy baby… You gained your beautiful wings… Lexii Alijai.
“Please keep our family in your prayers.”
“Jus got the worst f–-in news ever. my heart is BROKE. F–K,” Kehlani tweeted.
The artist said she was “angry,” “confused” and “heartbroken”, referring to Alijai — whose real name was Alexis Alijai Lynch – as her “little sister”.
“i keep typing and backspacing,” Kehlani tweeted. “you knew what you meant to me. everyone knew what you meant. you were so special bro. i seen you fight thru it all i seen u thug it out lex. imma miss you so bad. you was about to get everything you always talked about.”
Alijai, who grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota, native, garnered attention by rapping over songs like Bryson Tiller’s “Exchange” and Drake’s “Girls Love Beyonce”.
Alijai released her first studio album, Growing Pains, in September 2017.
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