Police already announced that they are investigating Zion I rapper Zumbi's death as a homicide -- but his family has also hired attorneys to investigate his death.
Last week, Berkeley police Lt. Melanie Turner says they responded to multiple calls alleging that a patient was involved in a physical altercation with nurses and security officers at the hospital.
She said when they arrived, "officers started handcuffing the involved person and determined that he needed immediate medical assistance" but that while they tried to save his life, "unfortunately and sadly he was pronounced deceased on the scene."
"We believe there are witnesses who know firsthand the facts leading to Stephen's death," Elizabeth Grossman of Law Offices of Elizabeth Grossman said in a press release. "We urge anyone with information to reach out and share their knowledge confidentially with us here."
The link leads to a website with the legal team's contact information.
"It is with utter disbelief and great sadness that the Gaines family shares the news of the passing of Steve' Zumbi' Gaines on Friday, August 13, 2021. Gaines, 49 and the MC of the critically acclaimed Hip Hop group Zion I, passed away at Alta Bates Hospital today in the early morning from unknown causes," the announcement of the rapper's arrest said last week.