The 20-year-old, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was leaving a motorsports store shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday when two men in a dark coloured SUV shot and killed him in an apparent robbery, CNN quoted Keyla Concepcion of Broward County sheriff department as saying. A witness told celebrity news website TMZ that multiple shots rang out outside the motorcycle dealership.
In December, Onfroy was put on house arrest after additional charges of witness tampering were brought against him over allegedly coercing his former girlfriend to decline testifying against him, but a judge granted Onfroy's release in March so that he could tour. Producer Diplo posted a photo of the two together and said, "Thanks for inspiring me".
His brief career was marked by controversy. He's facing more than a dozen felony charges. "We can't confirm anything else right now but will release more information soon".
When 21-year-old Wyatt Rubin learned of the rising star's death Monday afternoon, he jumped in his vehicle and headed to the scene, playing the rapper's songs on the drive over.
"If I'm going to die or ever be a sacrifice, I want to make sure that my life made at least five million kids happy, or they found some sort of answers or resolve in my life, regardless of the negative around my name, regardless of the bad things people say to me", XXXTentacion continued. "A lot of it was really attractive music, progressive music". In an interview published earlier this month in the Miami New Times, the former girlfriend said that the emerging star rapper had subjected her to a summer of abuse in 2016 that included physical attacks every few days, as well as threats of sexual violence.
"I used to beat kids at school just to get her to talk to me, yell at me", he said.
Last month Spotify backpedaled on a planned anti-hate policy to remove XXXTentacion's music from its playlists, along with R. Kelly. Among topics he spoke about was depression; he addressed it in his music. The fan said of the shooting: "It couldn't have come at a worse time".
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