XXXTentacion has died after he was shot in South Florida on Monday afternoon.
According to US reports, the 20-year-old rapper – whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy – had just returned to his car after leaving a motorcycle dealership when a gunman is said to have shot him multiple times.
Local police said the rapper was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Eyewitnesses had earlier told TMZ that he “appeared lifeless with no pulse”. They also reportedly told police that a Louis Vuitton bag was taken from inside his car.
A video posted to Twitter showed the rapper slumped behind the wheel of a black sports car being attended to by emergency services.
Local police said it appeared to be a robbery and there were two suspects who later fled the scene in a blacked out SUV.
The rapper was shot as he returned to his car
Who is XXXTentacion?
The rapper, who is a Florida native, had been writing music for years, but made a name for himself in the mainstream last year when he released his debut album 17. It debuted at No.2 on the US Billboard 200.
His second album ? debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart when it was released in March.
The rapper had been embroiled in ongoing legal trouble after allegedly attacking his then-pregnant girlfriend in 2016.
Prosecutors charged him with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering. He pleaded not guilty and was currently awaiting trial.
Local police confirmed his death (Image: Instagram/ xtentacionn)
Spin magazine previously labelled him “rap’s most controversial man”, while XXL Magazine branded him their most “controversial freshman ever” after he appeared on the cover of their influential Freshman issue.
The rapper had also found himself in a number of feuds with other rappers, including Drake.
Last year, XXX claimed their were similarities between Drake track KMT and his own song Look At Me.
In an interview with The Breakfast Club, XXX called Drake a “b***h” for “taking my s**t”.
He was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital (Image: Larry Marano/REX/Shutterstock) The rapper performing in early 2017 (Image: Larry Marano/REX/Shutterstock)
According to TMZ, last year he got jumped by a group of men in Los Angeles and he initially accused Bad and Boujee trio Migos of being responsible.
XXX later apologised to them and told TMZ that the incident didn’t shake him enough to make him increase his security.
In previous interviews, he opened up about his troubled upbringing and also his struggles with depression.
A video was shared on his Instagram account just hours before he was shot saying he was planning a charity event in Florida this weekend (Image: Instagram/ xtentacionn)
“My mom was just in situations where she couldn’t take care of me,” he said in an interview on the No Jumper podcast.
“I’ve been fighting since I was a kid,” he said, adding that when he was six he tried to stab a man who was “messing” with his mum.
In 2016, he told The Mars Files podcast: “The only person who inspires me is Kurt Cobain. He did it right as f**k, man.”
A video was shared on his Instagram account just hours before he was shot saying he was planning a charity event in Florida this weekend.