Celebrity barbershop owner shot to death in Queens ny Shooting footage

Barbershop owner Zanu Simpson, 32, who catered to rappers and professional athletes, was shot in the head several times around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday in Springfield Gardens, the NYPD said Police found the Jamaica resident unresponsive and unconscious at South Conduit and Lansing Ave. with bullet wounds to the head after responding to a 911 call.

Authorities said there was a gun at the scene.

EMS transported him to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police did not have any information on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

According to his Facebook and Instagram pages, he was the owner and a master barber of Strictly Skillz Barbershop located at 190-11 Hollis Ave.

The Hollis barbershop he owned has a five-star rating from his customers, and his clients went to both social media pages to express their condolences to his family, including his brother Samuel Simpson, who co-owned the barbershop.

Simpson celebrated his 32nd birthday just over two weeks ago July 8, according to his Facebook timeline.“I’m just blessed to see another year in life and be able to celebrate this day with the people that have a lot of love for me,” Simpson said.

Hollis hip-hop muralist Jocelyn Goode described the flashy tattooed barber as “laid back” and appreciated how he supported her art not-profit for kids, Culture Cocoa ArtHouse Inc., by letting her put up fliers in his barbershop.

“We would even have debates about media and he would say that I should get on social media to reach more people,” Goode said.

She described the celebrity barber who styled rappers Meek Mills, Bow Wow and Royal Ivey, a former NBA player now on the coaching staff of the Oklahoma City Thunder, “as a role model to the kids,” because he worked hard and worked long hours.

Ivey is friendly with the brothers and went to their barbershop for over 13 years. He was devastated to hear the news.

“He was a very humble young man, positive and always had a smile,” Ivey said in a phone interview. “He looked up to his big brother and the two were so inseparable that people thought they were twins.”

He described the Simpson brothers as big basketball fans.“They would both come out to support my games,” Ivey said.

Ivey was proud to watch someone he saw grow up before his eyes become a great example to the community.

“He would give out free haircuts to the kids sometimes and throw barbecues,” Ivey said.

Kids in the neighborhood were impressed that the brothers used some of their profits to self-finance a reality show in 2013 called “Strickly Skillz: The Life Reality Show,” according to Goode.

Goode thought that Simpson was just as essential to the character of Hollis as rappers LL Cool J and Run DMC, natives of the area who put place on the map.

“That was a part of our legacy,” Goode said. “You can’t make him come back.”

Simpson lived at 124-08 and 193rd St. on Jamaica Ave.

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There were no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.


Taxstone arrested in connection with Troy Ave fatal Irving Plaza shooting

NEW YORK — New York hip-hop personality Taxstone has been arrested in connection with last year’s shooting at Irving Plaza that injured local rapper Troy Ave and left his bodyguard dead, sources said Monday.

Police investigate a deadly shooting at a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza on May 25, 2016.
Police investigate a deadly shooting at a T.I. concert at Irving Plaza on May 25, 2016.
Taxstone, born Daryl Campbell, was arrested in Texas in connection with the May 25 shooting, sources said.

The Brooklyn-born artist and is known for his Tax Season podcast. Additional details on his arrest have not been released.Shots rang out in Irving Plaza’s V.I.P. area before T.I. was set to perform, resulting in the death of Ronald McPhatter, a 33-year-old man part of Ave’s entourage.

Two other men, including Ave, and a woman were also injured.
Ave was later arrested and charged with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon for his alleged involvement.

But officials in August said an additional shooter who is suspected of injuring the rapper and killing his bodyguard was still being sought.

Ave, a Brooklyn-born performer whose real name is Roland Collins, was released on $500,000 bond in July. The following month his lawyer announced he is suing Irving Plaza for poor security and allowing a gun to get inside the venue.



Kanye West, Kim Kardashian’s Home Remodel Riddled With Conflict

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian went through emotional turmoil during their recent home renovation, with Kim complaining she was footing the gigantic bill herself.
Our sources say during the final taping of Khloe’s talk show in April, Kim was grousing that they had sunk $8 million into their Hidden Hills remodel and it was all her money.
We’re told the renovation costs swelled to $10 mil. Our sources say the main reason they sunk so much into the $20 million estate … Kanye couldn’t make his mind up. He would order a change and when it was completed he’d take a look and tell contractors to rip it out and do it another way.
We’re told the remodel process has been frustrating and a source of tension for both of them, and to this day they have not spent a single night in the house that they bought 2 years ago.


Magician Jonathan Pendragon’s Daughter Dead at 34

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Jonathan Pendragon’s step-daughter, Jacosa Nao Kato, has died after falling off a building … TMZ has learned.
A family member tells TMZ, Jacosa had performed at the Magic Castle Wednesday night and then went up on the roof of a nearby apartment building to stargaze with her boyfriend. We’re told she accidentally fell 5 stories and died as a result.
Pendragon is currently one of the stars of CW’s “Masters of Illusion.” He was originally part of a husband and wife illusionist team with Charlotte Pendragon. They appeared on TV in more than 50 countries and had 14 prime-time specials in the U.S. They divorced in 2012.
The magician remarried West McDonough — whose family owns the Magic Castle in Hollywood — the same year. Jacosa is her daughter.
She was 34. We’re told the cause of death was reported as “accidental” and an autopsy is pending.