Snoop Dogg and his loved ones have suffered a tragic loss this week. On Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, the rapper’s grandson, Kai Love, passed away while in the neonatal intensive care unit of a hospital, according to a report by TMZ. Born on the 15th of September 2019, Kai was just 10 days old when he died.
The cause of death for the infant — who was the third child of Snoop Dogg’s eldest son, Corde Broadus, and the rapper’s fifth grandchild — has not yet been released. Additionally, the music star himself has yet to make a public statement on the subject of his grandson’s passing. However, the 25-year-old Corde, as well as Snoop Dogg’s wife of 22 years, Shante Broadus, both addressed the sad news in separate posts on Instagram.
Corde Broadus, who is also dad to 4-year-old son Zion and a toddler daughter named Elleven, wrote a tribute to his son and his heartbreakingly short life on Instagram. The mourning father uploaded a snapshot of the hospital room’s dry erase board, which read “Love + Light” with a smiley face written under the “Plan for the Day. He also uploaded a sweet video of 13-month-old Elleven kissing her baby brother in his hospital room. He captioned the photo:
“My Son Kai brought so much love and positivity into this world. His energy will live on and these 10 days of love will always be special to us. Let’s all cherish life and those we love while we are here. Thank you.”
Corde Broadus is known for appearing in the 2012 movie We the Party, and he also appeared in his famous dad’s music video for “Drop It Like It’s Hot” with Pharrell Williams in 2004. But now the young father is facing every parent’s worst nightmare.
In a devastating detail, Corde went on to write in the comments section of his Instagram page that Kai Love, quote, “died in [his] arms.” But he also noted:
“Life is beautiful when you view it for what it is.”
Just a day after Corde Broadus announced his son’s tragic death, Shante Broadus, the infant’s grandmother, took to her own social media to address the loss.
Shante shared a video of herself singing along to the song “The Love We Had Stays on My Mind” by R&B group The Dells, which she dedicated, quote, “To My Fifth G Baby Kai Love 9-15-19/9-25-19.”
Alongside several heart emojis, she captioned the heartfelt rendition with the hashtags, “TheLoveWeHadStaysOnMyMind” and “MamaTae” In a follow-up clip, Shante thanked her followers for their outpouring of love and support.
At this time, Snoop Dogg is understandably mourning the loss of his grandson Kai in private — and he deserves the chance to process what must be a very difficult and emotional situation for both himself and his loved ones. But longtime fans might still be expecting a public statement from the “Who Am I” rapper at some point in the near future, considering his candor on social media regarding other deaths in the family that he’s faced in recent years.
In February 2016, for example, Snoop Dogg — real name Calvin Broadus, Jr. — sadly lost his grandmother on his mother’s side, Grandma Tate, which led to a series of emotional Instagram posts. In one of them — a tearful video — he thanked the friends and family who’d shown him love and support during the troubling time.
“Thank y’all for praying for me. Lost my granny. So sad. Appreciate the love and support. All my family and friends, thank you so much.”
The hip-hop artist also uploaded a text-post of a John F. Connor poem, which read in part, quote, “Live your life and live it full / [Don’t] waste a single day / Remember I am always with you / Every step of the way.”
Snoop Dogg, who sadly lost childhood friend and comedian Ricky Harris later that same year, wrote in the caption: “I. Never left u. So beautifully put. Grandma I will [always] do right by u. R. I P.
Our thoughts are with Snoop Dogg and the entire Broadus family during this difficult time of mourning.