Rapper Xxxtentacion Shot Dead

Bessie Dean
June 22, 2018

Citing witnesses, TMZ reported that the 20-year-old was shot in his auto after leaving a motorcycle dealer in South Florida. Deputies say he was robbed.

The 20-year-old rapper from Plantation, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was leaving the location off North Dixie Highway and NE 36th St. when he was ambushed. At least one of them shot the rapper.

Last year, XXXTentacion released his first album, simply titled 17. Witnesses told TMZ.com that the genre-blending rapper was leaving the dealership parking lot in a black BMW when shots were fired from another vehicle. The shooter was reportedly wearing a red mask.

In two follow-up posts, the Sheriff's department shared that "the adult male that was taken to the hospital has been pronounced dead". He said that if "worse things come to worse" and he dies before living out his dream, he hopes that the kids hear his message, can make something of themselves, and can bring something positive from his work.

"If I'm going to die or ever be a sacrifice, I want to make sure that my life made at least five million kids happy or they found some sort of answers or resolve in my life regardless of the negative around my name, regardless of the bad things people say to me", the rapper added.

According to the Miami New Times, XXXTentacion has "barely left his house" in the past few months due in part to what his lawyers call "modified house arrest".

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Kanye West took to Twitter Monday evening to express his condolences.

"Thanks for inspiring me", Diplo captioned a picture of himself with XXXTentacion on Twitter.

XXXTentacion was considered a controversial figure in the rap community. "He was an inspiration to me. It really is disgusting that he was so young and that he didn't get to live up to the full potential that he had".

Just this May, Spotify said it would stop promoting or recommending music by artists whose content or conduct it deemed to be offensive.

According to TMZ, a Los Angeles gang had jumped him, for which he initially blamed Migos but later backed off and apologized. After much backlash, the company went back on it's decision. In October 2016, he was arrested on charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery of a pregnant victim - his former girlfriend - ultimately facing 15 felony charges in the case.

The "Look at Me" rapper, who'd recently been freed from house arrest to tour in support of his Billboard-topping sophomore disc ?

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