XXXTentacion, the rapper who was killed in a shooting in South Florida on Monday at age 20, was remembered by his colleagues in the music world, with Kanye West, Travis Barker and others expressing their grief on social media.
Rapper Kanye West offered, “rest in peace … I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing.”
Drummer Travis Barker, meanwhile, said that he was “at a loss for words.”
“I’m at a loss for words… speechless #RIPXXXTentacion,” Barker wrote. “Loved collaborating with you. You were a true artist, one of the most fucking talented of our time.”
DJ and producer Diplo posted a photo with the rapper and wrote, simply, “Thanks for inspiring me.”
Hip-hop artist and producer J. Cole wrote that XXXTentacion had “limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person.”
“This got me f—ed up. RIP X,” J. Cole tweeted. “Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans.”
Rapper Juicy J offered, “R.I.P. Xxxtentacion.”
XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot in a drive-by shooting earlier in the day. He was transported to an area hospital where he lapsed into a coma and later died from his injuries, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed via Twitter.
According to the sheriff’s office, XXXTentacion was leaving RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Florida, shortly before 4 p.m. when he was approached by two armed suspects.
At least one of the suspects fired a gun, striking the rapper. Both of the suspects fled in a dark-color SUV. Investigators said it appears to be a possible robbery.
Born in Plantation, Florida, XXXTentacion entered the music industry in 2013 with the release of his song “News/Flock” and later became a popular figure on the streaming service SoundCloud.
The rapper’s second album “?” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in 2017.
Read on for more tributes.
Thanks for inspiring me. pic.twitter.com/BmX3ya6Hmx
– diblo (@diplo) June 18, 2018
I’m at a loss for words… speechless #RIPXXXTentacion Loved collaborating with you. You were a true artist, one of the most fucking talented of our time ??'”??'”??'”
– Travis Barker (@travisbarker) June 18, 2018
rest in peace ???????????? I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing pic.twitter.com/QU7DR3Ghbw
– KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) June 18, 2018
– juicy j (@therealjuicyj) June 18, 2018
This got me fucked up. RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans.
– J. Cole (@JColeNC) June 18, 2018
Shits sad yo
– KYLE EDWARDS (@KyleEdwards) June 18, 2018
rip xxxtentacion, we love you forever. pic.twitter.com/JleYXdH1Wf
– Lyrical Lemonade (@LyricaLemonade) June 18, 2018
wow RIP XXXtentacion.. wow??'”
– sevn thomas (@SEVNTHOMAS) June 18, 2018