Tributes As Chart-Topping Rapper XXXTentacion Is Shot Dead Aged 20

XXXTentacion.   Miami Dade County Corrections via Getty Images

XXXTentacion. Miami Dade County Corrections via Getty Images

"XXXTentacion, whose birth name is Jahseh Onfroy, topped the Billboard 200 album chart in March with the release of "?".

Monday night, police were still combing through the rapper's auto as people watched from behind crime scene tape.

Rapper XxXtentacion has reportedly died.

TMZ reported that as the rising hip-hop star was leaving a motorcycle dealer, someone started firing shots at his auto. The Broward County Sheriff's Department later told TMZ he had been pronounced dead. He said that if "worse things come to worse" and he dies before living out his dream, he hopes that the kids hear his message, can make something of themselves, and can bring something positive from his work.

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.

According to a statement provided to NPR by the Broward Sheriff's Office, at 3:57 p.m. ET police responded to reports of an adult male being shot near RIVA Motorsports in the city, which lies about 45 minutes north of Miami.

The 20-year-old, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, talked about dying in an undated Instagram Live video. XXXTentacion was facing numerous felony charges and was involved in a number of feuds, but it was not known that his life was in danger. RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. He is now awaiting trail for a list of criminal charges, which includes domestic battery strangulation, false imprisonment, and aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend. "God bless his family, friends and fans", he posted.

DJ Diplo, who produced music with the rapper, also remembered the star on Twitter with a picture of the pair captioned, "Thanks for inspiring me".

Author of U.S. successes as SAD! and Moonlight, XXXTentacion gained prominence after the release of their first album, 17, last August. A judge in March granted his request to be freed from house arrest in order to take his music on tour. You could look at his face and smile and he was just a normal kid like us ...

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