The Broward Sheriff's Office tweeted that law enforcement was responding to a shooting incident in Deerfield Beach, about 40 miles north of Miami.
Brandon Lang, a 29-year-old magazine owner, said XXXTentacion may have had an angry persona in his performance, but in reality he "did good things", pointing out that he had come home to perform in an upcoming charity show.
XXXTentacion began recording in 2013 and found mainstream success with his 2017 debut album 17, which hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and spawned some minor-hit singles.
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Before authorities released the name of the victim, citing the need to identify his next of kin, TMZ published a video of a man it reported as XXXTentacion who was slouched in the driver's seat of a vehicle and surrounded by onlookers as sirens blazed nearby. Authorities say XXXTentacion was shot outside a Deerfield Beach motorcycle dealership Monday afternoon.
He was in a black BMW i8 and preparing to leave before 4pm when two armed suspects approached him. "At least one of the suspects fired a gun striking Onfroy".
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Friends and collaborators such as Ski Mask The Slump God and Diplo expressed their disbelief and heartbreak on Twitter. Kanye West said he was "inspired" by XXXTentacion and added "thank you for existing". R.I.P. XXXTentacion - your family is in our thoughts right now. J. Cole called him an "enormous talent" with "limitless potential".
"The entertainer, who sported dreadlocks and a number of facial tattoos, was a rising star and notched a No. 1 album in March with his sophomore effort "?" and had a top 10 hit with "Sad!" but was facing trial on charges that he beat up his pregnant girlfriend. TMZ reported that a judge recently granted his request to be let off house arrest so he could tour.
In May, Spotify removed XXXTentacion's music from its official playlists and recommendation features, citing a new policy targeted at "hate content and hateful conduct".
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