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In sad and shocking news, rapper Chinx, member of French Montana’s “Coke Boys”, was shot and killed in Queens, NY early this morning. Chinx was also the boyfriend of E! star Malika Haqq. More details inside….

Chinx the rapper, who has been seen in plenty of social media pics partying with his longtime friend and fellow Coke Boys rapper French Montana (pictured with him below), has sadly died in a violent incident.

The Far Rockaway native was in Queens, NY early this morning when a shooting claimed his life and critically injured another person.

NY’s Pix 11 News reports:

A shooting in Queens killed 31-year-old rapper Lionel “Chinx” Pickens and critically injured another early Sunday, police said.

Police responded to a 911 call in Briarwood around 4 a.m., where they found the two victims in a Porsche on Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive. Pickens was transported to Jamaica Medical Center with gunshot wounds to his torso, where he was pronounced dead.

Interestingly, around 2am this morning — just a couple hours before the shooting, Chinx posted the below pic to his Instagram page:

His management team and publicist posted the below statement:

It is with a heavy heart that The Legion Media Group and 4 Kings Management announce the passing of Lionel “Chinx” Pickens this morning. He was 31.

Few details are available about his passing but his management confirmed his passing this morning. The rapper from Queens, New York was a member of French Montana’s Coke Boys.

Chinx’s dedication, humor and vision will always be remembered “Chinx was one of the most talented, professional, and determined rappers this industry had to offer,” said Publicist Chanel Rae, “Further more, he was a friend.” #RIPChinx #teamLegion

While his good friend French Montana has been romantically linked to Khloe Kardashian, Chinx and Khloe’s bestie, Malika Haqq, also began dating recently. The twosome often posted pics with and of each other:

Such sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chinx’s family, friends, and loved ones.

Photos: Instagram

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