DaBaby’s older brother dies by suicide at 34: report
TMZ says Glenn Johnson posted a video of himself in a car visibly upset and crying, holding a gun.
Glenn Johnson, the older brother of rapper DaBaby, died on Tuesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In his Instagram Story, the rapper shared the lyrics to “Intro,” from his hit 2019 album, Kirk: “My brother be thinkin’ that we don’t love him and let him struggle like we ain’t family. Like I won’t give up all I got to see you, n****.”
DaBaby’s father was killed shortly after the release of his first LP, Baby on Baby, nearly six months earlier. Critics praised the intimate nature of Kirk, titled after his last name, on which DaBaby, 28, talked at length about his kin.
The chart-topping album also featured the mega-hit single, “Bop.”
TMZ is reporting that Johnson, 34, shared a video to social media of himself in a car visibly upset and crying while holding a gun.
“In the video, DaBaby’s brother claimed he had been wronged a lot in the past,” TMZ reports. “Not long afterward, our sources say he shot himself in the head and died.”
Johnson is survived by three daughters and a son.
On Twitter, DaBaby wrote simply, “Damn bruh,” with a broken heart.
Born Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, DaBaby rose to fame after releasing several mixtapes between 2014 and 2018.
His debut, Baby on Baby, peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200. His sophomore effort, Kirk, debuted at number one.
Blame It on Baby, his third album, also hit number one. Its biggest single, “Rockstar,” featured Roddy Ricch and was the rapper’s highest-charting song.
On Tuesday, Election Day, DaBaby toured several stops in his native North Carolina on a promotional jaunt called “Vote Baby Vote” to encourage voter turnout. The initiative featured a statewide bus tour, social media programming and other events in the swing state.
The rapper had previously claimed he would support Kanye West’s presidential campaign.
“This isn’t my first time voting,” DaBaby said in a press release, “but after seeing everything that’s happened across the world, in our communities—it is a necessity to get my people involved, especially in my hometown.”