December 23, 2010 06:58:23 GMT
'He's the type of guy that wouldn't hurt a fly. I don't know what happened in that instance, but my prayers go out to him,' Diddy said about his former protege.
Rap mogul Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs has sent his "prayers" to former protege G-Dep as he faces life imprisonment for a 17-year-old murder. The hip-hop star, real name Trevell Coleman, surrendered to police last week and confessed to the 1993 shooting of John Henkel.
The rapper was prompted to come forward to cops as part of a 12-step program to conquer his longrunning battle with drug addiction, but he allegedly had no idea his victim had died following the incident and he has now been charged with Henkel's murder. And Combs admits he was stunned to hear of Coleman's legal predicament because he came across as a harmless individual.
In a radio interview with Shade 45's Elliot Wilson, he says, "G-Dep is probably one of the nicest artists that I ever worked with. But you could always feel that something may be troubling his soul. He's the type of guy that wouldn't hurt a fly. I don't know what happened in that instance, but my prayers go out to him."
Coleman began making a name for himself as part of Diddy's Bad Boy roster in the late 1990s and early 2000s, scoring hits with "Let's Get It" and "Special Delivery".