RAPPER XXXTENTACION SHOT DEAD AT 20
The Broward County Sheriff Department announced that XXXTentacion has died after being shot in Florida on Monday.
XXXTentacion has been shot and severely wounded while shopping for a motorcycle at Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
According to TMZ‘s initial report, the Florida Rapper was found slumped over in his car after a gunman approached his vehicle and opened fire.
Witnesses tell police that a Louis Vuitton bag was taken from XXX’s car during the attack. The celebrity news site stops short of saying the rapper was killed, but they did note that he was found without a pulse. Local authorities report that it’s possible that X was followed by as many as three vehicles after he withdrew money from a bank.
XXXTentacion‘s death follows a year in which the young artist experienced breakout commercial success that was frequently overshadowed by his alleged history of domestic violence. Onfroy was facing 15 felony charges, including counts of false imprisonment, aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and domestic battery by strangulation for incidents involving his ex-girlfriend in 2016.
The rapper spent time in jail and on house arrest while awaiting trial for the charges. Last summer, he appeared on the 2017 XXL Freshman Class cover and subsequently released his first two studio albums, 17 and ?. Both debuted strongly on the Billboard 200, with 17 reaching No. 2 and ? peaking in March at No. 1.
In May, Spotify temporarily banned the rapper’s songs from its in-house playlists due to a policy change intended to curb the promotion of artists with alleged histories of hateful conduct.
Born and raised in Broward County, Fla., XXXTentacion built an early audience on SoundCloud with a strain of lo-fi rap featuring distorted bass and guitar riffs, abrasive melodic vocal approaches and melodramatic lyrics derived from punk and emo. He was reported to be working on a new album titled “Skins” before his untimely death.