The 20-year-old rapper died in south Florida on Monday
XXXTentacion has been shot dead in Miami, officials have confirmed. Several figures from the world of music and entertainment have spoken out to pay tribute.
As TMZ reports, the rapper is said to have been shopping for motorcycles when a gunman approached him as he left the dealership.
The rapper, real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was reportedly struck by multiple shots with witnesses claiming that he had no pulse.
Emergency officials confirmed that Onfroy was rushed to hospital after witnesses are said to have told police that a Louis Vuitton bag was taken from his vehicle. Investigators have reportedly said the incident appeared to be a possible robbery.
Onfroy is said to have been approached by two armed suspects as he left the dealership, when at least one of the suspects fired their gun and struck XXX before removing a Louis Vuitton bag from his vehicle. The suspects have been described as two black males wearing hoodies, with the shooter wearing a red mask. A reward of up to $3,000 has been offered for any information in finding those responsible.
Kanye West, Diplo, and J Cole were among the first stars to pay tribute to the rapper following the news of his death. West tweeted a photo of Onfroy with the caption: “rest in peace. I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here. thank you for existing.”
Diplo revealed that he had invited the rapper to work with him in LA this weekend. “This kid was a genius . true artist,” he wrote. “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 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 was gonna do so much more he promised me.”
Onfroy’s label, Caroline Records, have also issued a statement following his death. “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.”