XXXTentacion Shot Dead in Miami, Rapper Was 20

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Rapper Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, known professionally as XXXTentacion, was shot today in Miami.

According to a report from TMZ, the 20-year-old was shopping for motorcycles, and as he left the dealership with his entourage, a gunman approached the car and opened fire.

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It is not known how many bullets struck Onfroy.

Tragically, early reports about the rapper's condition are not promising.

Sources say he had no pulse on the scene, and his body appeared "lifeless" as he was loaded into an ambulance.

There have been no further updates since Onfroy arrived at an area hospital.

TMZ has obtained video from the incident that shows an unconscious body in the front seat of a sports car.

Be warned that the content in the clip below is rather graphic.

Arriving on the hip-hop scene last year with his debut album, 17, XXXTentacion has been a divisive figure from the start.

Onfroy quickly amassed a large and devoted fan base, with multiple singles from his second album making their way into the Billboard 200.

But just as rapidly as his career began, it was derailed by a string of scandals.

Onfroy began rapping professionally not long after being released from a youth detention center, where he was locked up on weapons possessions charges.

Additional legal issues and violent incidents followed soon after.

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Onfroy has been accused of assaulting fans at his concerts on more than one occasion.

His feuds with fellow artists such as Drake and Migos resulted in threats of violence, including one incident in which Onfroy claims one of the Migos emcees pointed a gun at him.

But the most egregious alleged incident -- and the one that got Onfroy's music banned from streaming services such as Spotify -- occurred in October of 2016, when he was accused of assaulting his then-girlfriend while she was pregnant with his child.

The alleged incident took place just months after Onfroy was accused of breaking into a man's home, pistol whipping, and several thousand dollars worth of electronics.

Onfroy is still awaiting trial on charges from both incidents.

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At the time of today's shooting, he was on house arrest, but had obtained permission from the court to leave his home for professional reasons.

Onfroy was not known to be involved in any violent disputes in the weeks leading up to today's shooting, but needless to say, he's made quite a few enemies over the years.

We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: According to a statement from police in Miami-Dade County, XXXTentacion has been pronounced dead.

His shooter is still at large, and police have offered a reward for any information that might help lead to the suspect's capture.

In an eerie turn of events, fans have uncovered an Instagram video in which Onfroy seems to predict his own demise:

“If worse thing comes to worst, and I f—ing die or some s— and I’m not able to see out my dreams, I at least want to know that the kids perceived my message and were able to make something of themselves and able to take my message and use it and turn it into something positive and to at least have a good life,” the rapper says at one point.

“If I’m going to die or ever be a sacrifice, I want to make sure that my life made at least five million kids happy or they found some sort of answers or resolve in my life regardless of the negative around my name, regardless of the bad things people say to me,” 

News of Onfroy's death has received a mixed response, as some have derided him as a serial abuser and lifelong perpetrator of violence who got what he deserved.

Others have pleaded for compassion, pointing to Onfroy's abusive childhood and history of mental illness.

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Wherever you stand on the subject, surely we can all agree that XXXTentacion's life was a short and tragically brutish one marred by needless violence and wasted potential.

Perhaps if he had been given more time on this earth, Onfroy would have been able to make amends to his victims.

Or perhaps he would have continued to perpetuate the inter-generational cycle of violence that caused so much harm in his family and rippled throughout his community.

But the shooter took Onfroy's future from him with a single act, the latest in a string of violent crimes to affect the hip-hop community in recent weeks.

Our thoughts go out to Onfroy's loved ones during this difficult time.

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