Jahseh Onfroy, better known to the world as rapper XXXTentacion, was fatally shot Monday afternoon in Broward County, Florida after leaving a local motorsport shop.
Police are searching for the two armed suspects and have urged anyone who witnessed the shooting to come forward. He was later pronounced dead at a Fort Lauderdale-area hospital.
The rapper had a long history of legal problems and was facing more than a dozen felony charges, as well as allegations of domestic violence. Onfroy was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
A witness shared that XXXTentacion had no pulse before authorities arrived.
Image Investigators surround the car in which XXXTentacion was shot
Videos of what appeared to be Onfroy unresponsive in the driver seat of a auto circulated on social media Monday.
Despite - or perhaps because of - his grim and sometimes suicidal lyrics, XXXTentacion catapulted to the top of USA charts just months ago. Broward County police appear to have confirmed that the performer is dead.
Author of USA successes as SAD! and Moonlight, XXXTentacion gained prominence after the release of their first album, 17, last August.
Tributes have been pouring in from hip-hop luminaries in the wake of his death.
Controversy's favourite child, XXXTentacion was also panned for the viral hit "Look at Me" for staging a scene depicting the rapper lynching a young white boy.