Florida rapper XXXTentacion has been shot and killed aged 20

Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead outside South Florida motorcycle shop | Miami Herald

Age 20 at the time of his death, XXXTentacion was one of a growing number of rappers from Broward County to gain widespread popularity with fans.

The rapper - real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy - is said to have returned to his vehicle after leaving a motorcycle dealership when a gunman shot him multiple times in Broward County, Florida, according to TMZ. The area is located roughly 43 miles outside of Miami. "According to the dispatch call the suspects were described as 2 black males wearing hoodies, and the shooter was wearing a red mask".

He made headlines last June in San Diego when he was knocked unconscious during a performance at the Observatory North Park, KTLA sister station KSWB in San Diego reported.

The Broward Co. Fire Dept. tells us XXX has been rushed to a hospital.

The sheriff's office later confirmed that the man who was taken to the hospital had been pronounced dead.

Investigators said at least one of the suspects shot him before they both fled the scene in a dark-coloured SUV.

Rapper Big Sean tweeted that his "heart dropped" when he heard the news, saying "I feel like we only got to see a glimpse of his artistry". "I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here", he posted on Twitter.

The 20-year old rose to unexpected fame after his debut song "Look at Me" went viral on social media and the audio platform SoundCloud in 2016.

As TMZ reports, XXXTentacion had been awaiting trial on charges of domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend, facing more than a dozen felonies including witness tampering.

Spotify briefly removed the controversial rapper, along with singer R. Kelly, from its curated playlists citing a "hateful conduct" policy - but quickly restored them after backlash from the music industry, which reportedly included artists such as Kendrick Lamar.

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