Justin Bieber and Machine Gun Kelly lead tributes to rapper Chris King

Justin Bieber and Machine Gun Kelly have paid tribute to late rapper Chris King.

King, real name Christopher Cheeks, was a former roommate of Bieber's.

He died from injuries sustained during a shooting in Nashville on 20 April. He was 32.

Following the news of King's death, Bieber shared a heartfelt tribute to his friend and former housemate on social media.

"Love you bro," he wrote in an Instagram Story. "This one hurts. Please keep his family in your prayers. See you in paradise brother."

King, accompanied by two friends, was shot in an armed robbery by three suspects between Hayes and Church Streets in Nashville.

Nashville police confirmed the death: "Homicide Unit detectives are working strong, active leads into Saturday's 2:30am shooting that killed Christopher Cheeks, 32, and injured a 29-year-old man."

Machine Gun Kelly also paid tribute to the late musician in the comments, writing, "Chris was rare."

King, who was the founder of the music label Snotty Nose Records, earned a name for himself through collaborations with several rappers, including fellow artist Trippie Redd, who also memorialised him online.

"Original 1400 I love you until we meet again twin," Trippie wrote.

"Would not be where I am today without @whoischrisking he introduced me to @elliotgrainge & @milothelight and he had the best energy always. He had so many friends and it shows I love you guys for supporting one of my best friends ever, my brother."