Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida

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Davido has reacted to the death of young rapper, Jahseh Onfroy, popularly known as XXXTentacion who was shot dead in South Florida.

Others acknowledged Onfroy's failings, but honoured the rapper's impact on the hip hop community and called for anyone praising his death to reconsider what they are doing.

Before authorities released the name of the victim, citing the need to identify his next of kin, TMZ published a video of a man it reported as XXXTentacion who was slouched in the driver's seat of a auto and surrounded by onlookers as sirens blazed nearby. Kanye West said he was "inspired" by XXXTentacion and added "thank you for existing".

The Sheriff's Office later tweeted that "the adult male that was taken to the hospital has been pronounced dead".

A witness told celebrity news website TMZ that multiple shots rang out outside the dealership. In March, his new album '?' entered the charts at number one, and the single 'Sad!' reached number seven in the Hot 100 chart, according to Billboard.

This story will be updated with more information as its available.

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As TMZ reports, XXXTentacion had been awaiting trial on charges of domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend, facing more than a dozen felonies including witness tampering.

His surging popularity was noted by the music industry and, by October 2017, he had scored a distribution agreement reportedly worth $6 million (£4.5m).

Meanwhile, he faced legal problems and a quickly worsening reputation. His albums have so far sold over 2m units in the US.

According to BBC, "XXXTentacion had a troubled upbringing and was expelled from middle school for fighting, but he channeled his energy and fury into music". After hearing about his killing, Ayala wrote on Instagram, "i want to scream at the top of my lungs until i can't then keep screaming. i don't want to believe this.no one knows. the shit. i feel. for you". J. Cole had similarly kind words, calling him an "enormous talent" and saying he had a "strong desire to be a better person".

Family and friends have asked for privacy while they grieve.


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