A twenty-year-old rapper, Jahseh Onfroy, popularly known as XXTentacion, was on Monday shot dead in Florida, U.S.
According to police, XXX was leaving a RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Florida, shortly before 4 p.m. when he was approached by two armed suspects.
At least one of the suspects shot XXX, and they both fled in an SUV. Investigators say it appeared to be a possible robbery, reports Variety.
XXX was transferred to Broward Health North, where he was pronounced dead. The investigation is ongoing.
Earlier in the day, a source had told Variety that the rapper had been critically wounded.
A Broward County official initially said there was “a developing incident regarding a shooting” located in Deerfield Beach, about 43 miles north of Miami, in which an “adult male victim was transported to an area hospital.”
That 20-year-old male was later identified as Jahseh Onfroy, aka XXXTentacion.
Said Caroline Records, XXXTentacion’s label, in a statement to Variety: “Everyone at Caroline is shocked to learn of the tragic death of Jahseh Onfroy, professionally known as XXXTentacion.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. “
The 20-year-old Florida native has been embroiled in legal problems over his alleged beating of a girlfriend while pregnant. The controversy has resulted in numerous articles calling for the greater music industry to not “co-sign,” or endorse, his music.
In March, XXXTentacion’s album “?” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. His previous release, called “17,” landed at No. 2.
XXXTentacion first began creating music after serving time at a youth correctional centre.
In a live video recently posted to his Instagram, the rapper expressed his hopes for those he influenced in the event he “die a tragic death.”
“Worst thing comes to worst, I f—in die a tragic death or some s—, 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 able to take my message and use it and turn it into something positive, and at least have a good life,” XXXTentacion said in the video.
“If I’m gonna die or ever be a sacrifice, I want to make sure that my life made at least 5 million kids happy