Queen of Bounce Big Freedia’s 35-year-old brother Adam Ross died Wednesday night from a gunshot wound to the head. The crime took place in the Central City area of New Orleans at 10 p.m.
New Orleans native Big Freedia, born Freddie Ross Jr., expressed grief via social media in the wee hours of Thursday morning, memorializing Adam on Instagram and Facebook. She also issued a statement through her family’s attorney:
“My younger brother, Adam Ross, was fatally shot last night in a senseless act of violence in New Orleans. As the magnitude of this situation sinks in, I am canceling any shows this weekend. Thank you for understanding this very difficult time for me and my family. We are truly heartbroken.”
Freedia rightly refers to herself as the ambassador of Bounce rap—a hip-hop sub-genre that began in New Orleans—in large part due to her popular reality show Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce that has been renamed Big Freedia Bounces Back, now in its sixth season on Fuse network. The show focuses on Freedia’s expanding career and her life in New Orleans—when her mother died of cancer in 2014, a jazz funeral was planned with a procession, the event of which ended up in the show’s second season.
Freedia faced criminal charges in 2016 for the theft of Section 8 vouchers. She pleaded guilty to voucher fraud to avoid jail time, receiving three years of probation and a $35,000 fine.
Freedia and her family hail from the 3rd Ward of the Crescent City. Adam’s death was the first of two gun-related murders that occurred in New Orleans within a seven-hour span, the second victim struck down at 5 a.m. Thursday morning. Reportedly there has been 14 murders in New Orleans in January 2018, and the month is not yet over.
“The gun violence must end,” Freedia stated on Facebook Thursday evening.