After conflicting reports about his condition, 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion has been pronounced dead by authorities after being shot in Florida.
According to TMZ, the rapper — whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy — was shopping for motorcyles in South Florida when a gunman ran up to him while he was leaving a motorcycle dealership, and shot him at point-blank range. A subsequent report indicated the incident may have been a drive-by, with the alleged shooters leaving the scene in a black Dodge Journey, with witnesses claiming to have heard multiple shots fired. A further report indicated witnesses told officers that a Louis Vuitton bag was stolen from XXXTentacion’s vehicle.
An eyewitness to the shooting tells TMZ that the rapper had “no pulse” after being shot, but Variety was unable to confirm that report. The Broward Co. Fire Dept. told TMZ that XXXTentacion has been rushed to a hospital, with dispatch audio obtained by TMZ referring to a “level 1” trauma patient that dispatchers described as comatose.
According to a tweet from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, officers are investigating “an incident regarding a shooting” in Deerfield Beach, about 43 miles north of Miami, in which an “adult male victim was transported to an area hospital.”
A subsequent tweet reported that the victim in that incident had been pronounced dead, later confirming the victim was XXXTentacion.
As TMZ reports, XXXTentacion had been awaiting trial on charges of domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend, and facing more than a dozen felonies, including witness tampering.
XXXTentacion’s latest album “?” debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart when it was released in March 2018.
TMZ shared emergency dispatch audio:
The rapper’s rep issued a statement following his death on Tuesday: “Jahseh Onfroy—known worldwide as XXXTentacion—tragically passed away from a gunshot wound in Deerfield, Fla. It is with great sadness that the news is confirmed in this official statement by his team—manager Solomon Sobande, EMPIRE, Bob Celestin, Esq. and AKW PR,” the statement reads.
“In deference to his family, friends, and loved ones and in light of further investigation, we ask that their privacy be respected at this time. XXXTentacion touched the lives of millions around the globe and will forever reside in the hearts of countless fans who listened to his music, attended his concerts, and felt the glow of his uncontainable, undeniable, and unique spirit. News about memorial services to be issued forthcoming.”
Following confirmation of XXXTentacion’s death, friends, musical contemporaries and celebrity fans paid tribute on Twitter.