Rapper XXXTentacion Reportedly Shot Dead In Miami At 20 Years Old
Controversial hip-hop star XXXTentacion has been reportedly shot dead at the age of 20.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office has confirmed in a tweet that the rapper (real name Jahseh Onfroy) was pronounced dead after being gunned down yesterday afternoon in South Florida.
#BreakingNews The adult male that was taken to the hospital has been pronounced dead.
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) June 18, 2018
According to TMZ, XXXTentacion was leaving a motorcycle dealer when a gunman ran up to his vehicle and began firing shots.
Videos circulating on social media show an unconscious man who resembles XXXTentacion sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle.
XXXTentacion topped the charts earlier this year with his second album '?' but his success was sadly overshadowed by legal turmoil.
The 20-year-old rapper was a controversial figure in the hip-hop world due to charges related to domestic battery, false imprisonment and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.
He was also known for his ongoing feuds with rappers like Drake and Offset.
XXXTentacion appeared in an Instagram live video just hours before his tragic death, where he told his 8.1M followers: "Worst thing comes to wrose, I f*cking die a tragic death and I'm not able to see out my dreams, I at least want to know that the kids perceived my message and were able to make something of themselves and use it turn it into something positive."
"If I'm going to die or ever be a sacrifice I want to make sure that my life made at least 5 million kids happy."
this video gives me chills. RIP Xxxtentacion. 🖤🙏🏼 rest easy pic.twitter.com/7LzQhc5104
— So Mexican🇲🇽 (@SOMEXlCAN) June 18, 2018
Tributes to the young rapper are currently flooding social media, including some from music industry peers like Kanye West, Billie Eilish, Travis Barker and Diplo.
rest in peace 🙏🙏🙏 I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing pic.twitter.com/QU7DR3Ghbw
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) June 18, 2018
Praying for @xxxtentacion 🙏🏻💔
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) June 18, 2018
Thanks for inspiring me. pic.twitter.com/BmX3ya6Hmx
— diblo (@diplo) June 18, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to XXXTentacion's family.