Sean '' Combs and Chris Brown have paid tribute to a rising rapper who was shot dead in Louisiana on Thursday (20Jun13).

Lil Snupe, real name Addarren Ross, was just 18 years old when he was gunned down in the city of Winnfield and he was on the verge of making a name for himself in the rap world after signing to Meek Mill's Dream Chasers Records label earlier this year (13).

News of the youngster's death hit rap mogul Combs hard and he posted an emotional message on his Twitter.com page in the aftermath of the shooting, writing, "RIP Lil Snupe... prayers to his family... Some of the saddest news you ever (sic) hear... rise up and be leaders for the future. Lives depend on it."

R&B singer Brown was also shocked to hear of Ross' death and he sent his sympathies to Meek Mill, writing, "Prayers go out to Meek and his team. We (are) killing our own brothers over jealousy, envy and pure hatred. Ignorance is a disability!"

Further details about the incident were not available as Wenn went to press.