XXXTentacion: Controversial rapper shot dead in Florida

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Rapper XXXTentacion, also known as Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The rapper’s latest album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart

US rapper XXXTentacion, who shot to fame with consecutive hit albums, has been killed aged 20.

He was reportedly shopping for a motorcycle in south Florida when a gunman opened fire on his vehicle.

Police in Broward County said XXXTentacion, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was taken to hospital and later pronounced dead.

He was often described as one of rap’s most controversial artists and was facing domestic violence charges.

A witness told celebrity news website TMZ that multiple shots rang out outside the motorcycle dealership.

The rapper, whose hit songs include SAD! and Moonlight, quickly rose to fame following the release of his debut album 17 last August.

His follow-up ? debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart in March and has been listened to hundreds of millions of time online.

But his short career was plagued by allegations of domestic violence. He was facing 15 felony charges at the time of his death, including aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.

Tributes have started to pour in on social media, including from music star Kanye West. “I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here,” he posted on Twitter.

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