Rapper XXXTentacion dead after alleged drive-by shooting in Miami

Danny Woods
June 19, 2018

He was shot and the two men fled the scene in a dark coloured SUV.

Age 20 at the time of his death, XXXTentacion was one of a growing number of rappers from Broward County to gain widespread popularity with fans.

US rapper XXXTentacion was shot dead near Miami on Monday, police say.

Authorities in Florida say they're searching for two suspects in the fatal shooting of rapper-singer XXXtentacion. According to TMZ, he was charged with eight new felonies in December, which were connected to accusations of witness tampering, while he was imprisoned on domestic violence charges.

Requests for confirmation regarding Onfrony's status have not yet been returned by XXXTentacion's reps or the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

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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.

XXXTentacion has faced several legal issues and was now awaiting trial on charges that he beat his pregnant girlfriend.

Often described as one of rap's most controversial artists, XXXTentacion, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, rocketed to fame after his song "Look at Me" went viral on social media and SoundCloud in 2016. The latter debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. A video appeared to show him punching a pregnant woman - his lawyers said the video was "completely in jest" - and he was awaiting trial in the beating of his pregnant girlfriend. The house arrest was lifted in March, according to Miami-Dade court documents. Kanye West said he was "inspired" by XXXTentacion and added "thank you for existing".

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. "RIP X", he tweeted.

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