Controversial Soundcloud rapper XXXTentacion (real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) was pronounced dead on June 18 after he was murdered near Miami. An eyewitness told TMZ on June 20 that the up-and-coming artist appeared to "die instantly" after being shot in the neck during an alleged robbery. After the bullet struck him, XXX supposedly went limp immediately and video released showed him slumped over in his car.
"On June 18, 2018, Jahseh Onfroy, known worldwide as XXXTentacion, tragically passed away from a gunshot wound in Deerfield, Florida," said the statement to ET. "It is with great sadness that the news is confirmed in this official statement by his team: manager Solomon Sobande, EMPIRE, Bob Celestin, Esq. and AKW PR, In deference to his family, friends, and loved ones and in light of further investigation, we ask that their privacy be respected at this time. XXXTentacion touched the lives of millions around the globe and will forever reside in the hearts of countless fans who listened to his music, attended his concerts, and felt the glow of his uncontainable, undeniable, and unique spirit." The statement also said they will soon make details of XXX's funeral available.
TMZ first reported that the 20-year-old was motorcycle shopping when someone ran up to his car and shot him. An eyewitness told the outlet that the rapper looked lifeless after the violent attack, and he apparently had no pulse. The Broward Co. Fire Dept. said that he was rushed to a hospital following the incident and was a Level 1 trauma patient, but there was nothing they could do to save him. Watch the video below to see the scary aftermath.
The murder appears to be part of a robbery, as two men wearing masks allegedly approached the car, shot XXX, took a Louis Vuitton bag from his vehicle and drove off in a black Dodge Journey. It is unclear if this attack was random or related to any rap beefs. XXX has had his fair share of feuds in the past year. The rapper has started drama with Migos, Drake, Trippie Redd, and Rob Stone's gang. However, he has also found supporters in Ski Mask the Slump God and ASAP Rocky. After his passing, many rappers and celebrities, including Kanye West and J. Cole, sent their love.
XXX has recently been celebrated as an up-and-coming artist in XXL's Freshman Class of 2018, but his relatively young career had been marred by a lot of controversy. Until recently, XXX was on house arrest for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend, and a dozen other charges including witness tampering. The court just recently decided to let him leave the house to tour. However, it seems like he was trying to change his ways. Just an hour before the attack, he had posted an Instagram Story that said, "planning a charity even for this weekend in Florida!" Recently, he gave fans an eerie speech about how he hopes to have inspired them to follow their dreams in case he dies.
Despite the controversy, XXX still had many devoted fans who were hoping he would survive. "Please don’t let this be true about XXXtentacion," wrote one supporter. "Sick to my stomach when I heard the news. Praying for you bro." "Y’all making fun of XXXTentacion’s death are disgusting," said another."He was not perfect but he doesn’t deserve this." Our thoughts are with XXX and his family at this time.