Published: Tuesday 19 June, 2018

RIP XXXTentacion: Young Rapper Shot Dead in Miami in ‘Armed Robbery’

Rapper XXXTentacion is dead. The young hip-hop star was shot dead on Monday afternoon in Miami, Florida in what local police described as an ‘armed robber’. XXXTentation was 20 years old.

RIP XXXTentacion

Gone too soon: Rapper XXXtentacion shot dead. (Uproxx Studios)

Gone too soon. That’s what his fans are crying out after news of XXXTentacion’s shooting death filtered through social media. Soon, messages of condolences poured in not only from fans but fellow artists alike.

Kanye West was one of the first to post his message: ‘rest in peace. I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing.’

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‘I’m at a loss for words… speechless #RIPXXXTentacion Loved collaborating with you. You were a true artist, one of the most f***ing talented of our time,’ tweeted Travis Barker. 

‘This got me f***ed up. RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans,’ said J. Cole.

XXXTentacion was shot dead as his car was leaving a motorcycle dealership in Miami. Witnesses said they heard several gunshots after which two men wearing hoodies were seen fleeing the scene in a black Dodge Journey.

xxxtentacion shot dead

Paramedics arrived and took the rapper to the hospital. TMZ reported that XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was comatose at the time. He was later pronounced dead.

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“The adult male victim has been confirmed as 20 year old Jahseh Onfroy, aka rapper #XXXTentacion,” said the sheriff’s department. 

A Louis Vuitton bag is missing from the car of XXXTentacion leading authorities to initially tag it as an armed robbery.

Police are calling for witnesses to come forward.