Tributes are pouring in for chart-topping rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed during an apparent robbery on Monday in Broward County, Florida.
The 20-year-old rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was leaving a motorsports store shortly before 4 p.m. when two men in a dark colored SUV shot and killed him in an apparent robbery, said Keyla Concepción, Broward County sheriff department public information officer.
Broward County deputies are actively looking for the two men and asking anyone who witnessed the shooting to come forward, Concepción said.
The rapper, whose grim, often suicidal rhymes propelled him to the top of the US chart just months ago, was said to have had his second album debuted in March at the top of the Billboard charts.
The rapper, whose lyrics were filled with insecurity and whose real life was repeatedly marred by violence, was gunned down in his black BMW i8, in broad daylight near a motorcycle store in Deerfield Beach north of Miami, the Broward County sheriff’s department said.
The celebrity news site TMZ, which first reported the shooting, said that the two suspects snatched a Louis Vuitton bag from the rapper’s vehicle.
He was often described as one of rap’s most controversial artists and was facing domestic violence charges.
At the time of his death, he was awaiting trial for a domestic violence incident involving his pregnant girlfriend, according to court documents.
And he had been under house arrest for a time while he awaited trial on battery and harassment charges. The house arrest was lifted in March, according to Miami-Dade court documents.
The rapper, who first found an audience by uploading songs to the website SoundCloud, had been hailed as a breakthrough talent and tributes have been pouring in from hip-hop luminaries in the wake of his death.
Kanye West mourned XXXTentacion on Twitter, writing: “I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing.”
Footballer Daniel Sturridge, who has played for Liverpool and England, said it was a “sad day for music”.
Rapper J Cole hailed the star’s “enormous talent and limitless potential”. “God bless his family, friends and fans,” he posted.