Stephanie Moseley, a dancer and actress featured on VH1's drama series Hit the Floor, and her rapper husband Earl Hayes were found dead in an upscale apartment complex in L.A., on Monday, Dec. 8, from a suspected murder-suicide. Police confirmed that evening that the bodies found belonged to Moseley, 30, and her husband, 34. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
VH1 released a statement to Us Weekly Monday evening, mourning the death of the dancer. "We are incredibly saddened to hear the news of the passing of Stephanie Moseley," the network said. "VH1 and the entire Hit The Floor family send our thoughts and condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time."
Celebrities like Ashley Tisdale, 50 Cent, and Chris Brown also responded to the reported murder-suicide deaths of the dancer and rapper on Monday, remembering Moseley for her beauty, kindness, and talent.
Burrel L. Wilks, a friend and "life coach" to Hayes, spoke to L.A.'s local NBC affiliate Monday afternoon, describing the deaths of Moseley and her husband as shocking. "I've had sit-downs with both of them so whatever happened behind those doors we'll never know,” Wilks told the station. "But I heard out of her own mouth, he never raised a hand on her so this is kind of stunning."
Below, Us Weekly rounds up several reactions from grieving stars who remembered their late friends via social media.
Dancing With the Stars' Allison Holker took to her Instagram shortly after the news broke to mourn the loss of her Hit the Floor castmate.
"Today we bow our heads and send prayers to our special Stephanie and her beautiful family," she wrote alongside an ethereal photo of Moseley. "Stephanie was a bright, inspiring, talented woman and I am honored I could call her my friend. We shared cries, laughter and more importantly a friendship that I will never forgot. Moseley you taught me so much, and I will hold our memories close to my heart. Heaven is lucky to have you. I love you ….RIP my dearest Stephanie."
High School Musical alum Tisdale, who danced with Moseley on the CW's competitive college cheerleading show Hellcats, remembered what it was like to work with her on set.
RIP Stephanie Moseley. I'll always remember dancing with you on #hellcats. Such a beautiful kind spirit. I'm praying for your family
— AshleyTisdaleFrench (@ashleytisdale) December 9, 2014
R.I.P babygirl. Once an angel on earth, now watching over us from Heaven. You'll b missed but never forgotten. Love
— Trey Songz (@TreySongz) December 9, 2014
Niecy Nash shared a close-up shot of herself smiling with Moseley via Instagram. "Rip in peace @haselstar so beautiful… So talented…" Nash wrote alongside the sweet photo. "Heaven has a new dancer for her family & those who loved her."
Moseley danced for many artists including Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce, and Chris Brown. "Forever" crooner Brown took to his Instagram to remember Moseley. "RIP baby girl," Brown wrote alongside a photo of the dancer. "Danced with me on tour and was always the coolest person. My prayers go out to you and HAZE family."
Former Scandal actor Columbus Short also reflected on his relationship with Moseley via Instagram Monday night. "I can't. Many knew of her but few knew her!" the embattled actor wrote. "Stephanie Moseley came to LA with just a dream of dancing. And accomplished that dream TEN FOLD! I loved her will always love her and love that she fulfilled her dream. But her story was cut short. I miss you Steph…#HazelstarStillShining she was and is and will always be a star! #RIPSteph I'm gonna miss you!"
Rapper 50 Cent, meanwhile, squashed his beef with Floyd Mayweather while remembering their pal Hayes in an Instagram post. "RIP Hayes," the rapper wrote. "@floydmayweather you are my little brother. All can think about is what you said to me up stairs. Don't you ever do nothing to your self no matter what champ. We can fall out and fight or what ever,but I don't want to see you go out like that. #SMSAUDIO #POWER #FRIGO."
His post was later shared by Mayweather, who was an associate and close friend of Hayes. "#repost @50cent," the professional boxer wrote.
50 Cent's fellow hitmaker Timbaland also remembered Hayes' musical talent while grieving his friend on Instagram late Monday.
"This was the mixtape !!!!!! Rip!!!!!!!" he wrote alongside an album image.
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