Troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion has been shot and killed in Florida in what police called an apparent robbery attempt.
The 20-year-old rising star, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot outside a Deerfield Beach motorcycle dealership on Monday (local time).
He was later pronounced dead at a Fort Lauderdale-area hospital, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
He had been at RIVA Motorsports checking out inventory, sheriff’s public information officer Keyla Concepcion said.
He was in a black BMW i8 and preparing to leave before 4pm when two armed suspects approached him.
At least one of them fired, and then both suspects fled the scene in a dark SUV, Concepcion said.
Investigators don’t have a motive, and no arrests have been made.
Stephanie Martinez, a 29-year-old mother who lives in the neighbourhood, was just coming back from the pool with her kids when she heard three shots. She drove to the end of the street and saw the rapper’s body in the car.
“Two people went over and checked his pulse,” she said.
“It’s just weird because he should’ve had security and stuff with him.”
On Twitter, his peers expressed shock and sadness.
Kanye West said: “rest in peace … I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing”.
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
And J. Cole said, in part: “RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans.”
Producer Diplo posted a photo of the two together and said, “Thanks for inspiring me.”
Travis Barker tweeted: “I’m at a loss for words… speechless #RIPXXXTentacion Loved collaborating with you. You were a true artist …”