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Overdose suspected in death of ascending Twin Cities rapper

The death of ascending Twin Cities rap performer Lexii Alijai occurred in a downtown Minneapolis hotel room from a suspected drug overdose, according to authorities.

Medical personnel from the fire department were sent to the Loews Hotel late in the morning on New Year’s Day on a report that the 21-year-old, whose given name is Alexis Alijai Lynch, was unconscious and possibly suffering cardiac arrest, according to emergency dispatch audio and a fire department incident report.

The dispatch audio revealed that fire personnel arrived at a seventh-floor room in the hotel across from Target Center and were told moments later that Lynch had overdosed the night before from ingesting Percocet, a powerful painkiller made up of oxycodone and acetaminophen.

Lynch was on the floor and “cold to the touch” as someone in the room was attempting to revive her, according to the incident report. Emergency personnel took over lifesaving procedures, but they soon declared her dead at the scene, the report noted.

Bystanders stated they had been sleeping, and when they woke up, the patient wouldn’t wake up,” the report read. “Bystanders stated they weren’t sure if [Lynch] had taken anything.”

Police spokesman John Elder said Monday that authorities are awaiting toxicology test results from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office as the investigation continues.

However, the Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday that it does not intend to issue a news release once the cause and manner of death are determined.

Lynch’s mother, Jessica Owen, said her daughter was with other family members at the hotel on New Year’s Eve celebrating but has learned nothing more about what happened.

“The police just say everything is under investigation,” said Owen, who lives in Burnsville, where she shared a home with her daughter. “She was supposed to take an Uber from the hotel to the studio, but she ended up not making it.”

Lynch, whose late father was from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, was remembered in a four-day ceremony held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. “We did it traditional,” Owen said.

The death spurred an outpouring of grief among Lynch’s peers and among some of the bigger names in hip-hop and rap.

“I’m heartbroken, I’m angry, I’m confused, I love you Lexii,” one of her best-known musical friends, California R&B singer Kehlani, said in a tweet.

Owen said she was surprised that an overdose is suspected in Lynch’s death.


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