Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, the rapper and singer known as XXXTentacion, has died. He was 20 years old.
According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, Onfroy was leaving a motorcycle dealership in South Florida this afternoon when two armed suspects ran up to his car. At least one of the suspects shot Onfroy, and both suspects drove away in an SUV.
Investigators said it appeared to be an armed robbery. He was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead at 4:51 p.m. Eastern, his lawyer said. Police are seeking information to assist in the ongoing investigation.
The local Broward Sheriff’s Office initially confirmed that it was currently working an incident regarding a shooting at 3671 N. Dixie Hwy., Deerfield Beach.
“PIO [public information officer] 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.”
A few minutes later it added: “The adult male that was taken to the hospital has been pronounced dead. The adult male victim has been confirmed as 20-year-oldd Jahseh Onfroy aka rapper XXXTentacion.”
Additional police dispatch audio stated that there were multiple shots fired in what was a possible drive-by, describing the victim as a level 1 trauma patient with a gunshot wound and the suspects as two black males wearing hoodies and one of them a red mask.
Witnesses allegedly told police a Louis Vuitton bag was taken from Onfroy’s vehicle.
Footage from the scene of the crime was posted on social media, showing the rapper lying lifeless in the driver’s seat of his car.
Jahseh Onfroy began recording music under the moniker XXXTentacion at the age of 16, releasing his first music onto SoundCloud in 2014. Collaborations with Ski Mask the Slump God and members of his collective Members Only would follow. He released what would become his breakout hit, “Look at Me!,” in December of 2015. In October the following year, he was arrested on charges of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, and false imprisonment.
‘Look at Me!’ gained further popularity and become a viral hit during Onfroy’s prison stint, leading him to sign a deal with EMPIRE weeks before he was 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 and receiving a withheld conviction in addition to probation.
The summer after being released from prison, Onfroy embarked on (and subsequently cancelled) a tour behind his first commercial mixtape, Revenge. A proper studio album, 17 , would follow in August. Not long afterward, it was revealed in documents from Onfroy’s ongoing criminal trial that the alleged victim accused him of various heinous acts, including severe physical abuse. He was also facing witness harassment and tampering charges at the time of his death.
Earlier this year, Spotify removed Onfroy ’s music from its editorial and algorithmic playlists as part of its Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy, which aimed to promote openness, diversity, tolerance and respect. The next month, the service restored his music to some of its biggest playlists after walking back the policy, including adding his single ‘SAD!’ to RapCaviar. Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith said that he even called Spotify’s Daniel Ek, threatening to remove his artists’ music from Spotify if the policy were to have remained intact. Following news of his death, Spotify displayed the message, “Rest in peace, XXXTentacion.”
Just minutes before he was killed, he wrote in an Instagram Story: “Planning a charity event for this weekend Florida!”
XXXTentacion’s second studio album, ?, was released this past March and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.