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R&B artist Emani 22, a rising artist who had worked with the likes of Trippie Redd and Bhad Bhabie among others, has died at age 22.
In a statement shared with People, Emani 22’s frequent producer J Maine confirmed that she passed away. "Emani 22 was a wonderful individual that literally brightened up any room she was in," said Maine. "I worked on music with her, and helped her put together her last project which was The Color Red. The way we worked together was effortless, we just understood each other. It hurts so bad to know that the last time I saw her was the last time I'd ever see her again.”
A cause of death for the singer, whose real name is Emani Johnson, has not been revealed. “I considered her to be like a little sister to me,” Maine added. “She will be missed, and never forgotten, and I’ll always think about the great times we had hanging out.”
Her death was first reported earlier this week, and Bhad Bhabie was among the artists to pay her respects. “I don’t even know what to say,” she wrote on Instagram. “This doesn’t even feel real. I used to spend almost everyday with you. You taught me so many things. You are my inspiration for many things. … I’m gonna miss you so much.”