A Vancouver-born dancer and TV personality was shot dead in a Los Angeles apartment Monday in an apparent murder-suicide.
Stephanie Moseley (@Haselstar) November 27, 2014
Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that the bodies of Stephanie Elyse Moseley, 30, and her husband, rapper Earl Hayes, 34, were found in a room in their apartment building just after 7:30 a.m. Monday.
The initial investigation revealed Hayes shot Moseley to death and then took his own life, said police.
News of Moseley’s death hit her former dance colleagues in Vancouver hard.
“It’s devastating,” said Tye Shantz, who attended dance school Danzmode Productions in Burnaby with Moseley about four years ago. “You can comprehend accidents … but when it is something like this, it just kills us.
“We, as an industry, took a hit today. She was a bright star.”
According to her bio, Moseley moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to pursue her dreams.
She was best known for her role in the VH1 television show Hit the Floor. She was also a backup dancer for Britney Spears and Janet Jackson and had performed with other well-known artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Usher.
Moseley, who also had a role in the TV series Hellcats, also had small roles in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn movie and the 2012 film Mirror, Mirror.
“She did some amazing work,” said Shantz. “She hustled and got the job done.
Despite her success in Hollywood, Moseley never forgot where she came from, he added: “She was just level-headed and grounded. She always loved her roots.”
Moseley was in Vancouver less than a week ago visiting family, said Shantz. Her last Instagram photo showed her wearing a Vancity baseball cap.
According to Los Angeles TV station KTLA, a neighbour called police after hearing gunshots early Monday and a woman screaming.
Unnamed sources told TMZ Hayes had accused Moseley of having an affair with a famous singer.
In a statement, VH1 said: “We are incredibly saddened to hear the news of the passing of Stephanie Moseley. VH1 and the entire Hit The Floor family send our thoughts and condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time.”