Pop Smoke, an up-and-coming rapper who had recently collaborated with some of the biggest names in hip hop, was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in a home invasion.
He was 20 years old.
Pop Smoke released an album back in July of 2019 and one of the tracks, "Welcome to the Party," blew up in a major way.
Not only was it widely considered the song of the summer, but Nicki Minaj did a remix of the single a few months later.
Pop Smoke also worked with Travis Scott on the song "Gatti."
At the time of this writing, here is what we know about his tragic death...
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, authorities responded to a call at 4:29 a.m. regarding an unknown number of suspects entering a residence in Hollywood Hills, California and shooting a male in his 20s.
We've since learned this residence is owned by Teddi Mellencamp's husband, Edwin Arroyave.
It's likely that Pop Smoke was renting the property at the time of the incident.
The LAPD states that victim was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Both TMZ and Rolling Stone have since confirmed that Pop Smoke was the victim.
The suspects have not been caught nor, as far as any outlet has reported, have they been identified.
It's also unclear if Pop Smoke knew the shooters, although TMZ writes that some kind of party was underway when the shooting transpired.
Mellencamp, meanwhile, seemingly addressed the story via Instagram today.
"Early this am we were informed by a 3rd party leasing and management company overseeing a rental home we own in Los Angeles that a shooting had taken place at the property," she wrote online.
Added the reality star:
"Foremost, we would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones affected by this tragic loss of life.
"We aren't aware of any of the details beyond what we've been told or seen reported on the news and at this time we would like to refrain from commenting further as we wish for the focus to remain on the law enforcement officers who are diligently doing their jobs."
Nicki Minaj has also posted a message we believe is related to this murder.
"The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest in Peace, Pop," she wrote.
Ths use of the word "jealousy," of course, seems to imply there was a connection between the killers and Pop Smoke.
We don't know exactly what Minaj knows about all this, but will continue to update this story as more news breaks.
May Pop Smoke rest in peace.