Breakout rapper XXXtentacion, 20, shot and killed Monday in Florida

20 June, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • Kanye West pays tribute to rapper XXXTentacion who was shot dead age 20

The Broward Sheriff's Office tweeted that law enforcement was responding to a shooting incident in Deerfield Beach, about 40 miles north of Miami.

According to the celebrity-news site, the 20-year-old chart-topping hiphop star seemed to be the victim of a targeted hit in Broward County.

In March, as his second studio album debuted at No. 1, XXXTentacion was released from house arrest so he could tour.

Scores of XXXTentacion fans are claiming that the rapper is still alive - pointing to an old video he posted on Instagram past year.

On Monday, the rapper had been at RIVA Motorsports checking out inventory, when he was shot.

Troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion was shot and killed Monday in Florida in what police called an apparent robbery attempt. At least one of them fired and then both fled the scene.

On Twitter, his peers expressed shock and sadness.

Travis Barker tweeted: "I'm at a loss for words... speechless #RIPXXXTentacion Loved collaborating with you". Kanye West said he was "inspired" by XXXTentacion and added "thank you for existing". He was facing 15 felony charges at the time of his death, including aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.

XXXTentacion's most recent album, entitled?, was a No 1 hit in the U.S. this year and included the hits Sad! and Changes. He routinely got into fistfights with fans at his concerts.

His single "SAD!" had been listened to more than 173 million times on YouTube, and reached the top-10 of the Billboard Hot 100 list.

Shortly after news of his untimely death at age 20, fans on social media began circulating a recent live video he posted to Instagram, where he discussed what he wanted for his legacy should he "die a tragic death".

His music was removed from streaming giant Spotify's curated playlists for several weeks earlier this year because his lyrics allegedly promoted "hateful messages", Pitchfork reported.

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