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Veteran musician Toko Tasi dead at 45 after shooting in Long Beach, California

Veteran musician Toko Tasi died after he was shot Saturday in Long Beach, California, authorities said Monday.

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said that an autopsy on Tasi, 45, whose real name was Tasi Malaki, is pending, People reported.

Police in Long Beach Sunday said that a probe has been launching into the killing, in which Tasi was shot in the upper torso, and pronounced dead at the scene.

The latest: Veteran musician Toko Tasi, 45, died after he was shot Saturday in Long Beach, California, authorities said Monday

The latest: Veteran musician Toko Tasi, 45, died after he was shot Saturday in Long Beach, California, authorities said Monday

Officials said that a man was seen leaving the scene of the shooting, and that investigators ‘believe there was a dispute between the victim and suspect that subsequently resulted in the shooting.’

Tasi’s catalog included the 2017 record Rise ta Shine and the 2008 album No Stress Express. He had also past collaborated with Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell (who died 23 years ago amid a heroin overdose), according to the Los Angeles Times

A statement on the musical artist’s Facebook read, ‘Late at night on August 10, 2019, Toko Tasi was taken away from this Earth by senseless violence in Long Beach, California.

Tasi was described as ‘a proud father to Bubbles [nickname for his daughter Liliana], lover of all things music, who lived life to the fullest’ in the social media post, which detailed efforts for his family amid the tragic time.

Veteran: Tasi had past collaborated with Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell, who died 23 years ago amid a heroin overdose

Veteran: Tasi had past collaborated with Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell, who died 23 years ago amid a heroin overdose

Remembering him: A memorial was set up in Long Beach for Tasi, a stalwart in the community

Remembering him: A memorial was set up in Long Beach for Tasi, a stalwart in the community 

‘The community is arranging benefit shows, which will be posted here, so you can support the family in their time of grieving;’ a memorial was slated for Monday evening in Long Beach. 

His friend Audra Visciti told the Long Beach Post that Tasi was in good spirits on the evening prior to his shooting. 

‘He was so happy that night … he said to me, “I feel so spiritual right now,”‘ Visciti said. ‘Everybody loved him, everybody wanted to be around him.’ 

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