​Rapper XXXTentacion Shot Dead At 20

Rapper XXXTentacion has been shot and killed in Broward County, Florida, police have confirmed.

The 20-year-old star, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was apparently leaving a motorsports dealership on Monday when two men in an SUV shot at him in what is thought to be an apparent robbery.

Keyla Concepción, Broward County sheriff department public information officer, said that Broward County deputies are looking for the two men and asking anyone who witnessed the shooting to come forward.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

In a statement, Onfroy's label Caroline Records said: "Everyone at Caroline is shocked to learn of the tragic death of Jahseh Onfroy, professionally known as XXXTentacion," it read. "We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones."

Many musicians have also paid tribute to the late rising star on social media, with Kanye West writing on Twitter: "Rest in peace - I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing."

Diplo also took to Instagram to say that Onfroy 'repped Florida to the core', writing: "This kid was a genius. True artist. He made his own rules. He has his faults but he was young and he worked so hard on his own self. He wanted to be better. He loves everyone so much. He lived for every kid out here. He had the biggest imagination.

"He texted me this weekend it was one of his goals to get me & Skrillex to finish his next album. I Invited him to LA this week. I was wondering if he was gonna come.

"He used every second of his life to create. He repped Florida to his core. I love this kid. He was gonna do so much more he promised me."

Even Louis Theroux tweeted to say "Notwithstanding personal demons, he was a huge talent & bringing a beautiful new feel to hip hop. So sad."

The young musician was known for his controversy, having been jailed for attacking his pregnant girlfriend. He was later released and put on house arrest with 'very strict house arrest conditions'.

More recently, he was also involved in an attack at a San Diego concert in June 2017 - posting on Twitter after the incident to claim: "Security and venue set me up, I got sucker punched and knocked out, it is what it is."

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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