The late George Floyd’s family has sued rapper Kanye West for $250m after the rappe alleged that the 46-year-old died from drug abuse rather than murder.
Last Saturday, on the Drink Champs podcast, West, who legally changed his name to ‘Ye‘, alleged that Floyd died from a fentanyl overdose.
In the same interview, which has since been taken down by YouTube, West also made anti-Semitic comments.
However, a medical chief examiner’s final reports said that Floyd’s immediate cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement’s subdual, restraint and neck compression”, or rather the stopping of Floyd’s heart and lungs that prevented him from breathing.
In May 2020, Floyd’s death sparked international outrage and fuelled a global conversation about police brutality after white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against the neck of Floyd for a total of nine minutes and 29 seconds during an arrest outside a Cup Foods grocery store.
In April 2021, Chauvin was found guilty on three murder and manslaughter charges and is now serving two prison sentences concurrently of more than 22 years.