Shaquille O'Neal (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Photo: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
Photo: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Shaq pays for funeral of teen who accidentally killed himself on Instagram 

A former NBA superstar known for quietly doing great deeds has done it again.

After Shaquille O’Neal heard that Malachi Nasi Hemphill accidentally shot and killed himself Monday night, he said he felt moved to act.

The 13-year-old Forest Park boy was playing with a gun while live on Instagram, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

MORE: Cops: 13-year-old accidentally shoots, kills himself on Instagram Live

Hemphill’s mother, Shaniqua Stephens, said she heard a loud bang, went upstairs and saw his smartphone streaming live.

Police arrived to find Hemphill critically injured at his home on Pineridge Court and he was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Malachi Nasi Hemphil, 13. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

O’Neal said in a statement that he sympathized with the mother who lost her only son.

"No mother should have to go through this,” O’Neal said. “I can only imagine the pain that she and all of Malachi’s family must be feeling. I just wanted to do what I could to help them at such a terrible time."

O’Neal also helped a homeless man in Atlanta last year.

Jimmy James Brown, a 6-foot-11-inch, 275-pound man, was living near an auto parts store and couldn’t find clothes and shoes that fit. O’Neal and former Atlanta Hawks star Dikembe Mutombo found about Brown’s situation from an Atlanta police officer who got the word out.

RELATED: Atlanta’s homeless ‘Gentle Giant’ gets donations from former NBA stars

RELATED: Shaq didn't plunge at Cobb ‘polar plunge,' but he did help raise $115K

Photos: Shaquille O'Neal visits DeKalb school

In other news:

Josh Horton puts his criminal past behind
 him by pursuing a future in law. Video and photos by Steve Schaefer Edit by Erica A. Hernandez

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.