(Reuters) – Up-and-coming U.S. rapper XXXTentacion was shot dead near Miami, Florida, on Monday, police said.
The Broward County sheriff’s office said in a statement that an adult male who was shot near Miami on Monday afternoon and taken to a hospital was later pronounced dead.
“The adult male victim has been confirmed as 20 year old Jahseh Onfroy, aka rapper #XXXTentacion,” the sheriff’s department said later in a Twitter posting.
According to a police dispatch call obtained by celebrity website TMZ, the rapper was shot in an apparent drive-by incident near a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, about 40 miles north of Miami.
A representative for XXXTentacion’s independent record label could not immediately be reached for comment.
XXXTentacion, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, released his debut album in August 2017. His second album “?” debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart when it was released in March.
XXXTentacion was born and raised in Plantation, Florida. According to media reports, he had spent time in jail and youth detention centers and was awaiting trial for domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien