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American Rapper XXXTentacion Dies After Being Shot in Florida

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Rapper XXXTentacion was fatally shot on Monday as he was leaving a motorcycle dealership north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, TMZ reports.

A witness said someone in a black Dodge SUV fired on someone in a black BMW, according to the dispatcher.

An apparent onlooker at the scene soon shared video on Twitter that was widely viewed showing a man who looks like XXXTentacion sitting motionless in the front seat of a vehicle as someone checked his pulse.

In his few years in the spotlight, the 20-year-old Florida native saw national success as a rapper as well as several high-profile run-ins with the law, including allegations he was abusive.

His debut album, 2017’s 17, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and his follow-up in March, ?, debuted at No. 1. His single “Sad!” also from March, cracked the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

At the time of the reported shooting this week, however, XXXTentacion (born Jahseh Onfroy) was facing trial on multiple felony charges in connection with allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman. He repeatedly denied her accusations, which were detailed at length in a deposition previously published by Pitchfork.

In a separate incident from 2015, according to Pitchfork, XXXTentacion pleaded no contest to armed home invasion and aggravated battery with a firearm charges. He was sentenced in that case to six years’ probation.

XXXTentacion’s attorney did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

A man who answered the phone at the dealership where the shooting was reported said they could not discuss it due to the ongoing investigation.

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