Nelly on VH1's 'Behind the Music': The hip-hop star discusses his sister's death for the first time -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

VH1’s Emmy-nominated series Behind the Music launches its latest season on March 7 at 1o p.m. ET with an in-depth look at three-time Grammy winner and hip-hop superstar, Nelly. The 36-year-old rapper’s tale is surely a dramatic one: He ascended from the streets of St. Louis in the late 1990s to become one of the most celebrated performers of a generation, with hits that spanned from his debut single “Country Grammer” to “Just a Dream,” which went to No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 last fall.

In the upcoming special, Nelly talks about the ups and downs of his decade-long music career, including his relationship with singer Ashanti, who also sat down for an interview. He also publicly addresses for the first time the death of his sister, Jackie, who died in 2005 from Leukemia at the age of 31. EW has an exclusive first look at Nelly discussing the pain he suffered over his sister’s death and how it affected him while he was on the road touring. “Nobody wanted to tell me how severe and how close things had gotten,” he says in the clip. “She wasn’t telling me the truth, and everyone around her that knew wasn’t telling me that, ‘Yo, she’s not gonna make it.'” Nelly recounts how he was the last one to speak to Jackie before she died, and how he went into a tailspin after he heard the news, splitting a door in half and shattering a television screen in rage. “I just broke down, yo, in one of the rare moments I did cry.”

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  • Justin

    Nelly is a horrible artist can we talk about more important people on this website I’m getting sick of all these worthless pieces of crap getting more attention. Didn’t this guy pee on a girl? Oh wait that was R Kelly. Whatever they’re all crap.

    • cara

      you sound mad.

    • Fog cue

      I’m sure your mother said the same thing coming out of her kooch.

  • Ann

    Such a huge fan of Nelly. This clip is so touching. I love Behind The Music and am so glad they decided to feature Nelly. Awesome!

  • S.O.

    I’m such a sucker for BTM. Doesn’t matter to me who the artist/band is featured, I’ll watch. But come on VH1, when are going to do BTM episodes of established Rock/Alternative Bands that have such relevance for years. Such as: Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Jack White, U2, Beastie Boys, The Cure, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden/Chris Cornell, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths/Morrissey.

  • Thia

    Justin, you’re a typical simple minded,jealous, bandwagon jumper. Just because musical artists don’t interest you doesn’t mean you have to bad-mouth them for contributing their talent to the world, something you’ll never be able to do, learn the background of a person before putting out such trash like this about them. Maybe you should watch this show when it comes out on March 7th at 10pm est on Vh1 and educate yourself on Nelly’s path to fame and success. Also, by the way, you just said this website doesn’t speak of “important people”. What were you expecting, you’re on ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.COM!!! If you want more important people than this site has to give maybe you should go over to CNN.COM, tsh, have a nice day…

  • Shannon

    Wow! I never knew how much Nelly has gone through…I can’t wait to watch BTM to see more. I love Just a Dream!!!

  • Justin

    Wow Thia you started out pretty intelligent, but then u told me I should watch Nelly and it just showed how pathetic u are in this society. Anyone who listens to this guys crap has no respect for themself or others. Hip hop and R and B ruined society as we know it. Good Job Thia for prooving it.

  • BeBe

    Not sure why certain people have to be so negative when it clearly doesnt make sense to do so on a story about Nelly and his sister dying of Leukemia. Really sad.

  • DELORES

    HI NELLY; I AM SO SORRY, FOR YOU AND YOUR MOM’S LOST. MY TWENTY YEAR OLD SON, ALSO DIED FROM CML LEUKEMIA. HIS NAME WAS GARY. HE HAD A BONEMARROW TRANSPLANT AFTER HIS TWENTIETH BIRTHDAY. AFTERWARDS GARY COMPLAINED ABOUT BAD HEADACES AND SEEING DOUBLE. WE WERE TOLD GARY HAD DEVELOPE A BRAIN TUMOR THAT WAS GROWING INSIDE OF HIS BRAIN. THE TUMOR AFFECTED GARY’S MEMORY, EYE SIGHT, TALKING AND WALKING. GARY EVEN HAD A STROKE ON THE WHOLE RIGHT SIDE OF HIS BODY. GARY TURNED FROM A TWENTY YEAR OLD TYPICAL YOUNG MAN, TO A NEW BORN BABY WHO COULD NOT DO ANYTHING FOR HIM SELF. THE PAIN WAS SO SERVERE, DOCTOR’S KEPT HIM DRUGED UP. NINE MONTHS AFTER GARY’S BONEMARROW TRANSPLANT, GARY DIED WITH HIS HEAD IN MY ARMS ON MAY 11, 2007. TWO DAYS BEFORE MOTHER’S DAY. GARY’S DEATH CHANGED ME AND MY DAUGHTER’S LIFE FOR EVER. GARY WAS OUR BEST FRIEND. I EVEN BROUGHT TWO GRAVE PLOTS NEXT TO GARY, BECAUSE I DID NOT THINK ME OR MY DAUGHTER WOULD MAKE IT THROUGH GARY’S DEATH. I NEVER TOLD GARY THE DOCTOR SAID HE WAS DIEING. I DID NOT WANT HIM TO GIVE UP. EVERY PERSON I KNOW, WHO HAD THE BONEMARROW TRANSPLANT HAS DIED. THE PAIN WILL NEVER GO AWAY. IT DOES GET EASIER AS THE YEARS GO BY. TELL YOUR MOTHER I SAID HELLO, AND MY DAUGHTER AND I SENDS YOU BOTH OUR LOVE. GOD BLESS YOU. AND WHAT EVER YOU DO, DONT BLAME YOUR SELF. THIS WAS OUT OF OUR HANDS.

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  • imani woods

    hi my name is imani woods who iz dating TheGame and i would like to say i feel at the heat of the moment things can happen when it comes to bein their and family is family i feel az though when me and game first stated talkn in feb162011 i was so concerned n cared about what game was about so when he told me about losing his friend natedogg i was so sad to here and as of me i had to their for him since then i know in my heart i luved him and wanted to really supporthimaz when i was their i had mywordsx xoox

  • imani woods

    Hi my name is imani woods who is dating rapper Thegame and when i found out about his family i said :O ashanti are cousins and i told ashanti about my man game and she told me to stay by his side so i said i am please and sry about game losin a friend about natedogg i know he told me he has been close friends to him and for that i was always their by his side since feb16 2011 so my biggest ambition is bein their for ya man no matter what and knowin to be their when times is hard i was so hurt 4datiluvgame!

  • imani woods

    Hi this is imani who iz da house gurl gardener that iz a stay at home wifey whoze dating The Game and i would like to say that the game means so much to me since me meetin him in jan 2005 i feel az though when i heard about him losing his family Natedog when Thegame was detained in april it meant so much to me cause i luv him and thiz was when he first was talkn my reactions i told him everythin was gonna be okay and for him to stay at his best i really luv him :) exspecially to his kids so for that :) !!!

  • imani woods

    Hi my name is imani aka destiny and im here to say i feel az thouggh when it comes to the heat of the moment it means so much n for hiphop i feel az though it meant so much to heavy d to natedogg and to all hiphop legands anyhow az a spokeswriter i feel az though that all artist meant alot but anyhow means alot to me rip big pun and tito pienete laevlle cruz and all :(n to my cuz curtiz… Most importantly i give my cuz ashanti alot of credit for the inc family she stayn consistantn da game:)!!xoxoxoxo!!!!

  • imani woods

    Hey my name is imani woods whoze datin game and i would like to say when i heard about the kat stacks situation and the whole ting in 2002 when the inc got knocked i felt so bad anyhow when i heard i spoke to ashanti anyhow durin in courst she has been the one their when i spoke about her new condo and all n what she said nelly had got her he said he wanted her to wait for the family event wit his aunt n all :O anyhow i spoke to her n she said since he was upset but iz into ashanti :(gotengagedtoher:O!xoxo!

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