Dead Rapper’s Family & Venue Respond To Nightclub Corpse Controversy

6 April 2022 | 1:59 pm | Dan Cribb

The nightclub was "never made aware of what would transpire".

The family of a US rapper who was embalmed at propped up on stage at a nightclub as part of his funeral has responded to controversy after footage from the event went viral.

Shocking footage of late rapper Goonew, real name Markelle Morrow, who was shot and killed last month at 24 years old, surfaced earlier this week, with friends and family hosting a “final show” for the artist at Bliss Nightclub in Washington, DC on Sunday.

The vision shows Goonew wearing a crown and designer clothing with people dancing in the club while taking videos and photos of him.

Speaking with Fox5, Goonew’s mother, Patrice Morrow, said: "For all the negatives, people probably don’t even know nothing about us.

"They have no idea. People just saying what they want to say and that’s fine. That’s perfectly fine. I’m pleased with how I sent my son away. I wish people would just let me grieve in peace."

Bliss has since issued an apology via socials: “Our deepest condolences to Goonew’s family, friends and fans. Bliss was contacted by a local funeral home to rent out our venue for Goonew’s home-going celebration. Bliss was never made aware of what would transpire.

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“We sincerely apologize to all those who may be upset or offended. Please keep Goonew’s family and friends in your prayers at this difficult time.”

Police are still investigating Morrow’s death.

The contents of the below footage may disturb some viewers: