XXXTentacion was shot dead in his vehicle in Broward County Monday, according to TMZ, and an eyewitness told TMZ that he “appeared lifeless with no pulse.” The Broward County Sheriff’s department confirmed his identity and tweeted that the rapper died at the hospital.
“The adult male victim has been confirmed as 20 year old Jahseh Onfroy aka rapper #XXXTentacion,” the Sheriff’s Department wrote on Twitter shortly after reporting that “the adult male that was taken to the hospital and has been pronounced dead. “The suspects were described as 2 black males wearing hoodies, and the shooter was wearing a red mask,” the dispatch audio stated, according to TMZ. “The car has been confirmed as a black Dodge Journey, with dark tint and black wheels.”
XXX’s manager released a statement on Twitter confirming the rapper’s death Tuesday evening. The statement says: “With great sadness that the news is confirmed in this official statement by his team – manager Solomon Sobande,” and adds that XXX touched the lives of millions of people around the globe.
According to TMZ, the 20-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shopping for motorcycles in Broward County and was shot after leaving the dealership. The gunman allegedly ran up to his vehicle and shot him before fleeing the scene. Police suspect that there were two gunman involved in the shooting.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Graphic Video Shows XXX’s Lifeless Body in His Car as Onlookers Checked for a Pulse
Video of the rapper unresponsive in his car was shared via Twitter. Graphic videos show the Florida native being checked for a pulse by onlookers.
Warning: Some viewers may find the video below graphic and disturbing.
The Broward Co. Fire Dept. told TMZ that he was rushed to a nearby hospital. Witnesses say they heard multiple shots fired.
According to Twitter user Marcine Joseph, who claims to report for Local 10 news, XXX was still alive [at the time of the post] and was not shot in Miami as was earlier reported, but in Deerfield beach. “BSO Fire rescue [confirmed]. The location of a shooting happened in Broward. Officials say he was transported as a trauma alert.”
2. There is Speculation That The Shooting May Have Been a Drive-By Incident or a Robbery
An official statement was released by the Broward Sheriff’s twitter account, stating “currently working an incident regarding a shooting at 3671 N. Dixie Hwy., Deerfield Beach. PIO headed to scene. Dispatchers received a call of a shooting at 3:57 p.m. An adult male victim was transported to an area hospital.”
In audio of the dispatch call, police can be heard saying they think the attack might have been a drive-by shooting, and that the attackers allegedly fled in a black Dodge Journey, according to XXL Mag. In the video uploaded to Twitter, some people claim that the rapper was shot after being robbed.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Twitter account released a statement asking for information on the suspects, who are described as armed and driving a dark-colored SUV. The statement also states that the incident “appears to be a possible robbery.”
According to XXL magazine, “it’s possible that X was followed by as many as three vehicles after he withdrew money from a bank.” The rapper has reportedly been involved in multiple feuds, but none which were believed to be threatening, TMZ says.
TMZ says a Louis Vuitton bag was removed from the rapper’s car. The shooting occurred outside Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
3. XXXTentacion Was Facing Numerous Felony Charges for Allegedly Abusing His Pregnant Girlfriend at the Time of the Shooting
XXX was facing legal trouble at the time of the shooting, awaiting trial for domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend, according to TMZ. He was facing more than a dozen felony charges, and prosecutors accused him of witness tampering. XXX was on house arrest but the judge recently let him out so he could tour.
After his music was briefly removed from Spotify under its prior controversial “Hate Content and Hateful Content Policy,” the rapper spoke out on Twitter.
“My songs have been removed from playlists because I’m being accused of something that I haven’t been convicted for,” he wrote earlier this month. “I don’t make hate music. I rap about what goes on in every hood in America.”
Pitchfork wrote that he was “best-known for a luridly distorted track called ‘Look at Me!’” The story graphically described the domestic violence accuser’s serious injuries, including eyes battered shut.
4. He Released a Song Honoring the Victims of the Marjory Stoneman Shooting In February & Was Planning a Charity Event Hours Before He Died
Miami New Times published a feature on the rapper on June 5, covering the hip-hop star’s rise to fame and delving deep into his unstable home life and trouble with the law. In the piece, XXX is quoted as saying, “Women may see or feel that they’re belittled, but you’re only belittled if you want to be belittled.”
XXX released a song in February honoring the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, which took place earlier that same month leaving 17 dead and many more injured. The high school is just a few blocks away from the rapper’s home, according to the Miami News Times.
XXX had been planning a charity event at the time he was shot. Just hours before the shooting, he uploaded a post to his Instagram story, writing, “planning a charity event for this weekend Florida!”
5. He Posted a Live Video Shortly Before His Death: “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”
XXX was considered influential to many by helping people cope with depression. In the last live video that he streamed before his death, he talked about hoping that, if he were ever killed, he would have helped make five million kids happy through his message before his death.
“Worst thing comes to worst, I fu–ing die a tragic death or some sh–, and I’m not able to see out my dreams, I at least want to know that the kids perceived my message, and were able to make something of themselves, and able to take my message and use it, and turn it into something positive, and to at least have a good life,” he says in the video. “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.”
Fans expressed shock on social media and offered prayers for the rapper, flooding Twitter with tributes and condolences. Many users commented on how much XXX helped them with his music, especially concerning depression.
In March, XXXTentacion’s album “?” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, according to Variety. XXX rose to prominence with the song “Look at me!” on Soundcloud shortly after he was arrested on charges of domestic abuse against his pregnant girlfriend.
This is a developing story. Heavy will update as more information is known.