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Don Cheadle, Michelle Williams outraged at Trump's Dwyane Wade tweet

Donald Trump is being slammed on social media after posting a message about the shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

GOP presidential nominee attacked on social media after using the death of NBA star's cousin to push politics

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is facing backlash after a tweet he posted Saturday about the shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, the cousin of basketball star Dwyane Wade. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

Donald Trump is once again igniting outrage with a single tweet.

The U.S. Republican presidential nominee posted a message on social media Saturday morning following the shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

The initial tweet didn't offer condolences, instead focusing on his bid to win African-American voters in the Nov. 8 American election.

"Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago," he wrote after initially deleting the same tweet that misspelled Wade's first name as Dwayne and receiving backlash as a result. "Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!"

Aldridge, a mother of four, died Friday after being caught in cross-fire while pushing a baby stroller in Chicago's South Side near a school where she intended to register her children.

Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade, seen here at a news conference, tweeted about the shooting death of his cousin in Chicago Friday. (David Banks/USA Today Sports/Reuters)

The Chicago Bulls basketball star tweeted about the shooting Friday, calling it "another act of senseless gun violence."

Trump's tweet was slammed as opportunist by many on social media, including Captain America: Civil War and Hotel Rwanda star Don Cheadle.

Don Cheadle is among many criticizing Trump for a tweet on the death of Dwyane Wade's cousin. (Chris Pizzello/The Associated Press)

"You are truly a POS," Cheadle wrote Saturday. In a second tweet, he said: "Sorry. I misspelled 'die in a grease fire.'"

Michelle Williams, a member of the group Destiny's Child, also responded to Trump's tweet by saying: "An absolute disgrace."

Hours later, the millionaire businessman-turned-politician posted another tweet, this time offering condolences to Wade's family: "They are in my thoughts and prayers."

Trump has been actively trying to win over African-American voters, a demographic that polls show Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as gaining more ground.

Speaking at a rally in Michigan last week, Trump urged black voters to give him a chance.

"You're living in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 per cent of your youth is unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?"

Earlier this week, Trump referred to Clinton as a "bigot" in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, a tactic also seen by some as a ploy to attract minority voters.

Wade has not responded to Trump's tweet about the death of his cousin.

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Zulekha Nathoo

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Zulekha Nathoo is an entertainment reporter based in Los Angeles. From the Oscars to the Grammys, she's interviewed some of the biggest names in showbiz including Celine Dion, Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. She also works on-air, having spent more than a decade at CBC news stations across Canada. Follow her on Twitter/Instagram: @zulekhanathoo.