This afternoon, TMZ reported that the controversial rapper (born Jahseh Onfroy) was shot in South Florida near Deerfield Beach after a gunman approached his vehicle. Earlier reports stated that Onfroy was in Miami.
The Broward Co. Fire Dept. confirmed XXXTentacion had been rushed to hospital following the incident. TMZ posted police dispatch audio following the shooting, which revealed Onfroy had been transported to hospital as a "Level 1" trauma patient.
The Broward Co. Sheriff's department confirmed that Onfroy had been pronounced dead via Twitter. You can find their updates below.
Onfroy began recording music as XXXTentacion at age 16, releasing his first mixtape The Fall in November of 2014. His early work saw him collaborating with fellow Florida rapper Ski Mask the Slump God and members of collective Members Only.
Onfroy released single "Look At Me!" in December of 2015. In October of the following year, he was arrested on charges of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation and false imprisonment.
While in Jail, Onfroy's "Look At Me!" gained popularity online and became a viral hit, leading him to sign a recording contract with EMPIRE Distribution before being released on probation.
He was released from jail in March of 2016 after pleading no contest to charges of armed home invasion robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm, receiving a withheld conviction and probation.
In April of 2017, Onfroy mapped out the 26-date "Revenge Tour," which was soon cancelled due to a string of incidents not limited to Onfroy being knocked unconscious, an audience member being stabbed, Onfroy punching a fan and accidentally being thrown into a barricade by security.
In September of 2017, documents from Onfroy's ongoing criminal trial detailed physical abuse from his alleged victim. Onfroy was facing over a dozen felony charges including witness tampering while awaiting trial at the time of his death.
Onfroy delivered his debut studio LP, 17, in August of last year. A follow-up, titled ?, saw release in March of this year.
In May of this year, Onfroy's music was removed from Spotify's editorial and algorithmic playlists as part of its Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy. His songs were reinstated soon after.
#BreakingNews #BSO is 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.— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) June 18, 2018
#BreakingNews The adult male that was taken to the hospital has been pronounced dead.— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) June 18, 2018
XXXTentacion's final album, ?, is available to pre-order on vinyl via Umusic.