XXXTentacion has passed away. The 20-year-old rapper was reportedly shot in an apparent robbery on Monday, June 18, in Broward County, Florida.
XXXTentacion Shot Dead In Florida
The controversial hip-hop star (real name: Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) was leaving a motorcycle dealership when an unidentified gunman open fired. He was immediately taken to the hospital but was immediately pronounced dead a few moments later.
A statement from the Broward County Sheriff's Office confirmed the news on Twitter.
The adult male victim has been confirmed as 20 year old Jahseh Onfroy aka rapper #XXXTentacion. — Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) June 18, 2018
A video obtained by TMZ showed the rapper lying motionless inside his car after he was shot. The publication also revealed that witnesses divulged to cops that a designer bag was also taken from Onfroy's vehicle.
Broward County deputies are actively looking for the two male suspects who fled from the scene of the crime in a dark-tinted/black vehicle The authorities are asking anyone who has witnessed the shooting to come forward.
XXXTentacion's Rise To Fame
Onfroy started making a name for himself when he was a teenager. He uploaded his rap tracks on the music streaming platform SoundCloud.
In 2015, he finally broke into the scene with his massively successful and viral hit, "Look At Me!"
From then on, his rise to fame as the rapper known as XXXTentacion was meteoric. He was featured as one of the up-and-coming hip-hop artists to look out for in XXL's Freshman Class of 2017. In March, he also released his latest album, ?, which debuted at the top spot of the Billboard 200.
The lead single, "SAD!," peaked at the number 7 of the Hot 100 and stayed on the songs chart for 15 weeks.
XXXTentacion's Young Life Riddled With Controversy
However, with his music finally getting the recognition it deserved, his dark past also came sauntering forward into the spotlight. Onfroy, at the time of his death, was awaiting trial.
According to BBC, he was facing 15 felony charges, including aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.
Earlier this year, he dropped a defamation lawsuit against the woman who he hit in the head in a newly resurfaced video. In a statement, the unnamed alleged victim said that she was surprised that people blew out of proportion a playful video she and the rapper made when they were young.
His music was also pulled out of site-curated playlists on Spotify.
Hip-Hop World Mourns The Death Of XXXTentacion
Immediately after news of his death broke out, several fans and celebrities posted their tributes to the controversial young rapper.
Kanye West was among the first to send out his praises for the rising star.
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
Meanwhile, DJ and record producer Diplo revealed on Instagram that he invited XXXTentatcion to meet him and work on a track for his next album. He also posted a photo of himself and the late rapper on Twitter as a tribute.
Thanks for inspiring me. pic.twitter.com/BmX3ya6Hmx — diblo (@diplo) June 18, 2018
Here are some of the tweets that pay tribute to Onfroy.
Rip lil bro. #XXXTENTACION pic.twitter.com/eg3BRaRKoE — RIP XXXTENTACION (@Jayecane) June 19, 2018
I was down to see X trialed and serve time. Honestly the jokes about his death are disheartening. I'm an avid fighter against abuse and have done my fair share of defacing of his album advertising in the past but, all in all death is not an answer to a cycle homophobia and abuse. — Papa Kreay (@KREAYSHAWN) June 18, 2018