Bronx, New York rapper French Montana recently denounced those speaking negatively about the death of friend and fellow artist, Lionel “Chinx” Pickens. French took to his Instagram account this week “to address the negativity” and “hateful speech” surrounding Chinx’s death.

He also asked for people to keep any less than positive comments to themselves.

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In the caption to a picture of himself and Chinx, which was uploaded to Instagram, French left the following message:

“I hate having to address the negativity during this time of grief. It is irrelevant. I pray that everyone would consider that real people lost a real man, friend, brother, father before spreading hateful speech. His funeral is taken care of.

My brother is in good hand

If you don’t have nothing positive to say keep it to your self #ripchinx”

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Chinx was a member of French Montana’s Coke Boys group, and collaborated with French on a number of records.

The rapper was gunned down last weekend and will be laid to rest on Tuesday, May 26 in Jamaica, Queens. Friends and family of Chinx are currently raising funds to help collect money for his funeral and other costs through a GoFundMe campaign.

For additional Chinx coverage, watch the following DX Daily:

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