Rapper Xxxtentacion was shot in South Florida on Monday, USA TODAY has confirmed.
The rapper (real name: Jahseh Onfroy) was gunned down outside of a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Fla., the Broward County Sheriff’s Office told USA TODAY.
Rescue workers transferred the 20-year-old to North Broward Hospital. At 5:40 p.m. ET, local police tweeted that “the adult male that was taken to the hospital has been pronounced dead.”
Authorities in Florida say they’re searching for two suspects in the fatal shooting.
XXXTentacion had been at RIVA Motorsports checking out inventory, the sheriff’s office said. He was in a black luxury vehicle and preparing to leave when two armed suspects approached him. At least one of them fired, and then both suspects fled the scene in a dark SUV.
Investigators say the shooting may have been a possible robbery.
Xxxtentacion began to gain mainstream attention in early 2017 after uploading his single, “Look at Me!” to Soundcloud. His album “17” landed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and in March, XXXTentacion’s album “?” debuted at No. 1.
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But the Florida native was a controversial figure, and had many run-ins with the law. He was currently awaiting trial on charges including domestic battery, aggravated battery and false imprisonment against his pregnant girlfriend stemming from 2016.
According to the “Miami New Times,” his ex Geneva Ayala’s depositions “detail a pattern of regular, torturous abuse that summer, with daily verbal attacks and physical incidents every three or four days.”
According to Ayala’s statement, he beat her at times, choked her, broke clothes hangers on her legs, threatened to chop off her hair or cut out her tongue, pressed knives or scissors to her face, and held her head under water in their bathroom while promising to drown her.
Reaction from the music community came pouring in following news of Xxxtentacion’s death.
Kanye West praised Xxxtentacion on social media. “I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing,” he tweeted.