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D.C. nightclub apologizes after rapper’s dead body was on display

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(NOTE LANGUAGE) Washington, D.C. venue Bliss nightclub issued an apology earlier this week, after receiving backlash for hosting a home-going event for a dead rapper — with his corpse on full display. 

Public outcry broke out after photos and videos of 24-year-old Maryland rapper Goonew, born Markelle Marrow, circulated online, with the rapper reportedly propped upright on stage, fully clothed and wearing a crown on his head, according to ABC affiliate WJLA.

In a statement posted on Twitter, club management claimed to have been aware of the home-going celebration but not of “what would transpire.”

The Twitter apology reads in full: “Our deepest condolences to Goonew’s family, friends and fans. Bliss was contacted by a local funeral home to rent out our venue for Goonew’s home-going celebration. Bliss was never made aware of what would transpire. We sincerely apologize to all those who may be upset or offended. Please keep Goonew’s family and friends in your prayers at this difficult time.”

Rapper 50 cent was among many who was stunned by the footage. “oh s*** ! i just realized what this is,” he said. Another Twitter user wrote, “the way my heart DROPPED when i realized that he’s actually NOT alive, & NOT holding his body up on his own…” 

What may come as a surprise to some is the alleged response by the family, as reported by TMZ, who say the decision to bring the rapper’s dead body to the club is “what he would have wanted.”

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