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XXXTentacion: Controversial rapper shot dead in Florida

19 June 2018

The video also referenced flashpoints in the national debate on race such as the 1991 Rodney King beating, the lynching in MS of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955, the 2014 Ferguson, Missouri riots, the police shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota in 2016 and the 2017 Virginia violence. Almost two and a half hours later, the sheriff's office confirmed the adult man had died. About an hour later, the sheriff's department said on Twitter that the man had been pronounced dead, and confirmed Onfroy's identity shortly thereafter.

Videos taken at the scene and shared on social media showed the rapper's slumped body in the driver's seat of a black sports auto as a bystander attempted to take his pulse. The subject's vehicle was reported as a black Dodge Journey.

According to Broward Co.

XXXTentacion had a troubled upbringing and was expelled from middle school for fighting, but he channelled his energy and fury into music, according to a BBC report. At least one of the suspects fired a gun striking Onfroy. Both of the suspects fled in a dark-colour SUV.

The statement continued: "Investigators say it appears to be a possible robbery".

"Thanks for inspiring me", Diplo wrote along with a photo of himself and XXXTentacion on Twitter.

He went on: "The two leaders of this entire wave of hip hop are dead now. No time for negativity".

Despite his disturbing personal conduct, XXX has been viewed as the most prominent voice in the emergent South Florida SoundCloud rap scene, which also includes rappers like Ski Mask The Slump God, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, and wifisfuneral.

"I'm at a loss for words... speechless #RIPXXXTentacion", the Blink 182 drummer tweeted. "You were a true artist, one of the most f*****g talented of our time". He faced 15 counts of false imprisonment, aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and domestic battery by strangulation for an incident that occurred with his girlfriend in 2016.

Despite legal troubles Onfroy scored a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with the release of his second album, ?

After news of his death, Kanye West was among those who paid tribute to XXXTentacion, calling him an "inspiration". Graphic video of the rapper in his auto circulated online and on Twitter after the reported shooting. In the video, XXXTentacion is seen putting a noose around a young white child's neck and pulling the rope to hang him as a young black child watches.

XXXTentacion: Controversial rapper shot dead in Florida