The 20-year-old entertainer was at his Hollywood Hills home on Wednesday morning (February 19) when 2 men reportedly in masks and hoodies broke in at around 4:30 am, TMZ reports.
At a news conference Wednesday, the Los Angeles Police Department said it could not confirm the male victim's identity, but a law enforcement source identified him to the Los Angeles Times as NY rapper Bashar Barakah Jackson, who's also known as Pop Smoke. The man was then taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
It's unclear if the break-in was a robbery, police said, or if anyone else was inside the house. It was a huge sensation that even drew the attention of Nicki Minaj, who dropped her own verse on a successful remix of the song.
His trajectory was trending upward after the release of his hit song, "Welcome to the Party" back in the summer of 2019.
How did Pop Smoke die?
Hip Hop Festival Rolling Loud, where Pop Smoke was scheduled to perform before the New York Police Department ordered he be removed from the lineup, also remembered the rapper on Twitter, sharing videos the rapper performing. Foremost, we would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones affected by this tragic loss of life, "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills mom wrote". Pop Smoke released his most recent album in July, and collaborated with Travis Scott on his single "GATTI".
It is with heavy hearts that we report that Brooklyn's emerging rap newcomer Pop Smoke has reportedly passed away, according to numerous reports. Also unconfirmed is whether or not the suspects, who remain at large, knew the rapper.
Less than two weeks prior to his death, the musician released his highly anticipated follow-up effort, Meet the Woo 2.
Pop Smoke appears to have been using social media right up until the time of the incident.