Controversial rapper XXXTentacion has been confirmed dead at age 20, after being shot in South Florida on Monday.
TMZ first reported that the "Moonlight" rapper was shopping for motorcycles in Deerfield Beach, Florida, on Monday afternoon. As he was leaving the motorcycle dealer, a gunman reportedly ran up to his vehicle and opened fire. Graphic video of the rapper in his car circulated online and on Twitter after the reported shooting.
The Broward County Sheriff later tweeted that they had responded to "an incident regarding a shooting" in Deerfield Beach.
"Dispatchers received a call of a shooting at 3:57 p.m.," the tweet continued. "An adult male victim was transported to an area hospital."
#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.
XXXTentacion began rapping at age 15 and broke onto the scene in 2017 with his single "Look at Me." He released his debut album, 17, the same year, and followed it up with ?, which was released in March.
The controversial rapper was also plagued by legal issues, having faced charges of gun possession, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. In October 2016, he was arrested on charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery of a pregnant victim -- his former girlfriend -- ultimately facing 15 felony charges in the case. He was sent to jail in December 2017 for violating bond in the domestic battery case, but was later released on house arrest. In March, a judge ruled that XXXTentacion could be released from house arrest in order to tour in support of his new album.
Following the shocking news, XXXTentacion's friends and fellow musicians took to social media to pay tribute to the young rapper.