An eyewitness told the outlet that the rapper - whose most recent album debuted at number one in the USA back in March - had been seen "lifeless with no pulse" after the incident at just before 4pm local time. According to the celeb news site, XXXTentacion was shopping for motorcycles when, as he was leaving a dealership, someone ran to his auto and fired.
Kanye West led the tributes Monday, saying he was grateful to the young rapper "for existing".
In 2016, he was arrested on charges including home invasion for a 2015 incident, and less than a month later was arrested on charges that he attacked his girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time, and was jailed, and later faced more charges including witness tampering.
"RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person". His ? album reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, a circumstance which polarized the hip-hop community based on the allegations of abuse made against him by his ex-girlfriend.
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The victim was identified as XXXTentacion, whose birth name is Jahseh Onfroy, according to a tweet from the Sheriff's Office.
XXXTentacion had a troubled upbringing and was expelled from middle school for fighting, but he channelled his energy and fury into music. "God bless his family, friends and fans", he posted. "So I just wanted to say I appreciate and love all you and believe in you all".
With controversies overshadowing his career, Spotify briefly blacklisted Onfroy's songs from its service earlier this year.
The "Look at Me" rapper, who'd recently been freed from house arrest to tour in support of his Billboard-topping sophomore disc ? His mother bought him clothes, phones and other gifts.
Videos circulating on Twitter showed Onfroy was sitting in the front seat of his auto seemingly unconscious when he was found by witnesses. Definitely gonna make to bump that next time I play'.
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