The hip-hop world paused late Monday as some of the industry’s biggest stars mourned the sudden death of young rapper XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in South Florida earlier in the day.
The Florida-born rapper was leaving a Deerfield Beach motorsports dealership at around 4 p.m when two armed men approached him and opened fire in an apparent robbery attempt, police said. XXXTentacion, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was 20 years old.
Kanye West, J. Cole and Pusha T were among the many celebrities to send their condolences via Twitter as news of the rapper’s death sent shockwaves across social media.
West tweeted a picture of the rapper, rocking his signature bleach-blonde hair, and referred to him as one of his musical inspirations. “Rest in peace,” he tweeted. “I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here. Thank you for existing.”
J. Cole, who made history this year as the first artist to ever debut three songs in Billboard Hot 100’s top 10, also sent condolences via Twitter, caling XXXTentacion an “enormous talent” with “limitless potential.”
“This got me f—ked up. RIP X,” he tweeted. “Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans.”
Streets ain’t got no love for nobody… RIP XXX
— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) June 19, 2018
Really sad Rip xxx.. so sad to lose good artist. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
— T-Raww (@Tyga) June 18, 2018