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Teddi Mellencamp's Miracle Amidst a Week of Tragedy

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By meghanpeper

In the final stretch of her pregnancy, just a week out from welcoming her third child and second daughter, Teddi Mellencamp found her name being thrown around in a tragic event that surely had her mind spinning.

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 19th, an up-and-coming rapper named Pop Smoke (real name Bashar Barakah Jackson) was found dead in his rental home in LA. The rapper had died of a gunshot wound during an alleged break-in. He was only twenty years old.

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You might be wondering, how is a twenty year old rapper getting gunned down in his home related to the Beverly Hills housewife? Well, he happened to be renting an LA home that Mellencamp and her husband, Edwin Arrayove, use as a rental property.

The rapper was found around 5 a.m. after a phone call had come into the LAPD about a suspected break-in. Details surrounding the break-in and subsequent shooting are unclear at this point, but the current Beverly Hills housewife has released a statement of mourning via her Instagram.

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Mellencamp took to her Instagram to convey a message of mourning and hope on Wednesday, saying, "Early this am we were informed by a 3rd party leasing and management company overseeing a rental home we own in Los Angeles that a shooting had taken place at the property. Foremost, we would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones affected by this tragic loss of life." She continued, "We aren’t aware of any of the details beyond what we’ve been told or seen reported on the news and at this time we would like to refrain from commenting further as we wish for the focus to remain on the law enforcement officers who are diligently doing their jobs."

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While a situation like this is always tragic, for Mellencamp, it was made a little more difficult, as she was just a week from giving birth to her third child.

And today, Wednesday, February 26th, the Mellencamp-Arroyave family welcomed the fifth member of their family, Dove Arroyave.

After announcing her pregnancy in October of 2019, Mellencamp has excitedly awaited the arrival of her third child, all while filming her third season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. What a whirlwind!

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Unfortunately for viewers, filming for the tenth season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills had already wrapped, so anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of the drama on camera will probably be a little let down.

However, after what many considered a let-down of a ninth season, fans of Beverly Hills are still hopeful season ten will bring winds of change. We may not see the drama that unfolds around the death of a rapper, or the birth of Teddi's child, but we do get a unique look into the life of a pregnant housewife, and that is something we can all get behind! Mazel, Teddi!

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