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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Kanye West leads tributes to rapper XXXTentacion after fatal shooting

XXXTentacion, 20, was shot and killed on Monday in what police suspect was an attempted robbery.

Authorities say rapper-singer XXXTentacion has been fatally shot in Florida (Miami- Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department via AP)
Authorities say rapper-singer XXXTentacion has been fatally shot in Florida (Miami- Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department via AP)
Kanye West (Yui Mok/PA)
Kanye West tweeted to pay tribute to rapper XXXTentacion (PA)

By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Kanye West has led the tributes to rapper XXXTentacion, who has been shot dead at the age of 20.

XXXTentacion, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was attacked in what police suspect was a robbery in Miami, Florida, on Monday.

He was leaving RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach shortly before 4pm local time when he was approached by two men, with at least one of the suspects shooting him, Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

As news of his death was confirmed, West, DJ Diplo and hip-hop star Juicy J all tweeted their condolences.

Along with a picture of the dead rapper, West wrote: “Rest in peace I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing.”

American DJ Diplo shared a picture of himself with XXXTentacion with the words: “Thanks for inspiring me.”

And Juciy J wrote: “R.I.P. Xxxtentacion.”

Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed XXXTentacion’s death on Twitter, saying in a statement: “The adult male that was taken to the hospital has been pronounced dead.

“The adult male victim has been confirmed as 20 year old Jahseh Onfroy aka rapper #XXXTentacion.”

Police received a call at 3.57pm local time and XXXTentacion, born in Plantation, Florida, was taken to hospital but later pronounced dead.

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