Sad news from yesterday, Monday 18th June. XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was shot several times in the south of Florida. After fighting for his life for a few minutes, the Florida rapper died aged just 20 years old, as Broward County Sheriff's Office has confirmed.
TMZ reports that the young man was shot while leaving a motorbike dealership at Deerfield Beach. Transported to hospital shortly after, he was pronounced dead at 14:40 US time.
#BreakingNews The adult male that was taken to the hospital has been pronounced dead.— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) 18 juin 2018
The suspects are two black men wearing hoodies, with the gunman wearing a red mask. The incident was a drive-by shooting, during which several bullets were shot from the front of a black Dodge Journey with tinted windows, apparently followed by other vehicles.
Throughout his young life, XXXTentacion tended to flirt with danger and enemies on a regular basis, although he hadn't appeared to be involved in any conflicts recently. Catapulting to fame in 2016 with his track "Look at Me", the rapper subsequently released two albums which received critical acclaim and won him commercial success: 17 (2017) and ? (2018).
Meanwhile, Jahseh Onfroy was in the middle of a court case, waiting for his trial for domestic violence towards his girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time. Initially placed under house arrest, he had recently been released on parole so that he could complete his tour.
Unfortunately, he leaves behind a young, intense career, marked by timeless music, immense talent and a stormy personal life.