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Get our Now Hear This email for free XXXTentacion foresaw his own sudden death in Miami on Monday in an eerie, unnerving message posted online.
The 20-year-old rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was leaving a motorcycle shop in Fort Lauderdale shortly before 4pm when two men in a dark coloured SUV shot and killed him in an apparent robbery, the county sheriff’s office said.
Police in Broward County said XXXTentacion, one of the world’s most popular young rappers, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Since news of his death emerged, fans have a shared a video he previously posted on Instagram Live where he revealed how he would like people to remember him if he were to die.
“If worse thing comes to worst, and I f***ing die a tragic death or some s*** and I’m not able to see out my dreams, I at least want to know that the kids perceived my message and were able to make something of themselves and able to take my message and use it and turn it into something positive and to at least have a good life,” the Florida-born rapper said in the clip, the date of which is not clear.
“If I’m going to die or ever be a sacrifice, I want to make sure that my life made at least five million kids happy or they found some sort of answers or resolve in my life regardless of the negative around my name, regardless of the bad things people say to me.
XXXTentacion continued: “I don’t give a f*** because I know my goal in the end and I know what I want for everyone and I know what my message is. I just wanted to say, I appreciate and love all of you and I believe in you all.
“Do not let your depression make you. Do not let your body define your soul, let your soul find your body. Your mind is limitless. You are worth more than you can believe. All you have to do is dream and all you have to do is want to fulfill that dream and have the strength”.
Police cordon off car where rapper XXXTentacion was found killed by drive-by shooting
XXXTentacion was often labelled as one of the most controversial contemporary rappers and was facing domestic violence charges against his pregnant girlfriend – to which he had pleaded not guilty.
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In October 2016, XXXTentacion was arrested and later charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering. He was facing 15 felony charges at the time of his death.
He was sent to a youth detention center for gun possession charges at the age of 16. In 2016, he was arrested and charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
The last post he shared on Instagram was on Monday when he said he was “planning a charity event for this weekend Florida!”
This is not the first time XXXTentacion has discussed the topic of death on social media.
“When I die play Fredo at my funeral,” he wrote on Twitter in February 2014.
This was a reference to his friend, rapper Fredo Santana. Santana died earlier this year at the age of 27.
XXXTentacion carved out a massive following due to his emotionally moving lyrics that addressed his suicidal thoughts and experiences with depression.
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures
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Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Stan Lee
Spider-Man creator whose web of Marvel characters brought joy to millions died on 12 November, aged 95. The prolific writer-editor worked through the Second World War, transformed the struggling publisher and paved the way for the empire it is today
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Billionaire businessman who helped bring the Premiership to Leicester City died on 27 October, aged 60. The media-shy but hugely popular Thai Bhuddist made his fortune in duty-free and was known for his love of football and polo
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Paul Allen
Billionaire investor and philanthropist who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates died from non-Hodgkin lymphoma aged 65 on 15 October. Despite leaving the company in the early 1990s, he remained a powerful force in technology and charity work for decades
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Jamal Khashoggi
Jamal Khashoggi was a well-connected, bilingual Saudi journalist who became a globally recognised symbol of press freedom and Middle East democratic aspirations during the 17 days he was officially missing. But he never lived to see the campaign by journalists, rights advocates and political leaders worldwide to draw attention to his disappearance and conditions for democracy advocates in Saudi Arabia. The Washington Post columnist had already died on 2 October under murky circumstances in his own nation’s diplomatic outpost in Istanbul, Saudi officials confirmed late on Friday. He was 59
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures James Lawton
Passionate, devoted and fearlessly honest, James Lawton was a true giant of sports writing, he died on 27 September, aged 75. The Independent’s former chief sports writer was part of a golden era of writers who became integral in the sporting landscape through the power of their prose
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Chas Hodges
The musician Chas Hodges was best known as one half of the cockney rock duo Chas and Dave, he died on 22 September, aged 74. Hodges and Dave Peacock rose to fame in the English pop-rock band, known for their witty lyrics about living in London, in the 1970s. They had a string of hits, including “Rabbit”, “Snooker Loopy” and “Ain’t No Pleasing You”
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Judith Kazantzis
Poet whose sense of injustice spanned Greenham Common and Guatemala died on 18 September, aged 78. Her aristocratic background notwithstanding, she was a Labour Party supporter through and through and her verse was packed with politics
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Arthur Mitchell
Trailblazer of ballet who ran circles around racism in America died on 19 September, aged 84. He braved racist taunts for doing what he loved best – dancing – but once his talent was embraced by the great George Balanchine he was unstoppable
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Big Jay McNeely
Saxophonist who revolutionised rhythm and blues as the ‘King of the Honkers’ died on 16 September 16, aged 91. Whether bringing traffic to a standstill or playing his trademark ultraviolet horn, McNeely was a pioneer who brought showmanship to jazz
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Isabel Quigly
Translator of Italian, Spanish and French literature died on 14 September, aged 91. An outstanding Cambridge scholar, she got a job at Penguin and went on to become a Booker judge and film critic for the Spectator
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Fenella Fielding
Carry On star who turned down a role in a Fellini film died on 11 September, aged 90. The actress, who started her career in 1952 and shot to fame with ‘Pieces of Eight’ and ‘Hancock’s Half Hour’, was known for her husky voice, wicked humour and seductive eyelashes
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Mac Miller
Rapper who Trump called ‘next Eminem’ before he made his feelings known about the president died on 7 September, aged 26. Trump was denounced by the Black Lives Matter supporter as an ‘egomaniacal, attention-thirsty, psychopathic, power-hungry delusional waste of skin and bones’
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Burt Reynolds
Charismatic star known for having fun both on and off the screen died on 6 September, aged 82. Reynolds was listed as Hollywood’s top-earning box-office star five years running from 1978 to 1982
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Alan Oakman
England first-class cricketer who helped beat Australia at Old Trafford in the Fifties died on 6 September, aged 88. He was at his best on hard wickets against medium or fast-medium bowling when, using his immense reach, he would unleash a stream of majestic drives
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Inge Borkh
The opera singer who became a star of the stage in postwar Germany as Elektra and Salome died on 26 August, aged 97. With a powerful voice and commanding stage presence, she triumphed in portraying any number of tempestuous operatic heroines
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures John McCain
The war hero Republican whose last stand was against his party’s own president died on 25 August, aged 81 Mr McCain was a principled conservative in the Senate, and once survived five years as a war prisoner.
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Uri Avnery
Israeli journalist whose voice of dissent was radical until the end died on 20 August, aged 94. One of the first advocates of a two-state solution in Israel, he was shunned by the establishment whose unreason he was never afraid to call out
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Hilary Lister
Record-breaking sailor who made a splash in newspapers as she defied disability died on 18 August, aged 46. She risked her life and inspired awe as she refused to allow being quadriplegic to deny her the chance to chart the oceans
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Kofi Annan
Former UN secretary general and Nobel Peace Prize laureate died on 18 August, aged 80. The Ghanaian national was the first and only black African to be appointed as the world’s top diplomat, a tenure that saw him mediate in some of the biggest crises of the 21st century
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Aretha Franklin
Queen of Soul who won 18 Grammys and sold 75 million records died on 16 August, aged 76. Regarded by many as the greatest singer of all time, Aretha Franklin bestrode 1960s and 70s R&B and sang at three presidents’ inaugurations
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Former prime minister of India who fuelled the nuclear arms race in south Asia died on 16 August, aged 93. Elected to the office three times, Atal Bihari Vajpayee transformed India’s economy and held together a fragile coalition of disparate political parties during his tenure
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Arsène Tchakarian
Last of WWII’s Armenian-led Manouchian network who fought the Nazis in France died 4 August, aged 101. He joined a band of immigrants from countries affected by Hitler’s expansionism fighting for the French resistance
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Mary Carlisle
Hollywood actress of the Thirties who was typecast as the blonde ingenue died on 1 August, aged 104. If her looks were a strength in helping her land roles at the outset of her career, they proved a weakness in the end as male producers failed to see beyond them
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Ellie Soutter
Team GB snowboarder, Ellie Soutter, died on 25 July, aged 18. She secured Team GB’s only medal at the European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Turkey in 2017. She was was one of the country’s best up-and-coming snowboarders, competing in both snowboard cross and freeride
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Mary Ellis
WWII pilot, Mary Ellis, who survived crash landings and Nazi bombs died on 24 July, aged 101. At a time when women in the cockpit were frowned upon, Ellis made a name for herself flying Spitfires to RAF bases to help the war effort
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures John Murray
The stylish cricketer, John Murray, who rewrote the record books died on 24 July, aged 83. A wicket-keeper who enjoyed outstanding first-class career with Middlesex, spread over a quarter of a century
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Oksana Shachko
The cofounder of feminist protest group Femen who put her body on the line for women’s rights died on 23 July, aged 31. Regularly arrested and twice kidnapped, Oksana Shachko quickly drew worldwide attention for challenging all forms of patriarchy under the slogan ‘I came, I stripped, I won’
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Alene B Duerk
Trailblazer who became the US Navy’s first female rear admiral died on 21 July, aged 98. She said checking released WWII PoWs for ‘lice and diseases and taking requests for ice cream, scrambled eggs and ham’ was ‘probably the most exciting experience of my whole career’
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga
Civil rights champion who sought redress for Japanese Americans interned during World War Two died on 18 July, aged 92. Among 120,000 people were displaced and sent to camps by the US during the war simply because of their Japanese heritage. Herzig-Yoshinaga’s diligence put a dark chapter of American history on record and led to reparations for those affected
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Lord Carrington
Last of Churchill’s cabinet, Lord Carrington, who resigned as Thatcher’s foreign secretary over the Falklands died on 9 July, aged 99. His warnings against the withdrawal of Britain’s sole patrol vessel in the South Atlantic went unheeded – yet when the Argentine’s invaded in 1982, it was he who fell on his sword
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Dame Gillian Lynne
Ballerina and dancer, Dame Gillian Lynne, who revolutionised choreography died on 1 July, aged 92. Dame Gillian Lynne threw herself into dance during the war, and went on to inspire some of the West End’s biggest shows, including ‘Cats’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera’
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Alan Longmuir
The founding member of the Bay City Rollers died on 1 July aged 70. Huge in the 70s, the Bay City Rollers had a number of hit songs, including “Remember”, “All Of Me Loves All Of You”, “Shang-a-Lang” and “I Only Want To Be With You”
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Joe Jackson
Tarnished starmaker, Joe Jackson, who drove his children to international success died on 27 June, aged 89. Collectively the Jacksons may have been the most prominent family in pop music history, but their fame came at the cost of family feuds
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Leslie Grantham
The former Eastenders star died on 15 June aged 71. Grantham starred as “Dirty Den”, known so for his many affairs, who was the landlord of the Queen Vic for the first four years of the show, returning briefly in 2003 before being killed off on the show’s 20th anniversary episode
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Dorothy Cotton
Civil rights leader, Dorothy Cotton, and confidante to Martin Luther King died on 10 June, aged 88. A key figure in the fight for racial equality, Cotton led marches and headed an education programme that taught African Americans about their basic rights of citizenship
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Eunice Gayson
First Bond girl, Eunice Gayson, and originator of his most famous line died on 8 June, aged 90. Appearing alongside Sean Connery in Dr No, she would speak the immortal words: ‘Trench. Sylvia Trench’ – before Bond ever did
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Anthony Bourdain
The celebrity chef from New York died on 8 June, aged 61. Anthony Bourdain made a career recommending food and restaurants for people – and he didn’t shy away from letting people know when his hometown’s food offerings weren’t up to par
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Maria Bueno
Four-time Wimbledon winner, Maria Bueno, who became a Brazilian tennis legend died on 8 June, aged 78. The female tennis pioneer won seven Grand Slam singles and captured the world’s attention with her grace and style
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Peter Stringfellow
Nightclub entrepreneur, Peter Stringfellow, who booked The Beatles and brought table-dancing to Britain died on 7 June, aged 77. His brand was synonymous with sex but in spite of the sleazy nature of his venues, he managed to maintain an upbeat, nice-guy reputation
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Kate Spade
New York fashion designer Kate Spade died on 5 June, aged 55. Best-known for her popular line of handbags, the American designer’s products were among the most popular accessories in the designer market, competing with the likes of handbag giants Coach and Michael Kors
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Philip Roth
US novelist, Philip Roth, hailed as the greatest of his generation died on 22 May, aged 85. He became a literary star in the 1960s and continued to win awards and praise well into his later years with new, evocative works
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Ray Wilson
England World Cup winner, Ray Wilson, died on 15 May, aged 83. A study in nimble poise and calm concentration, Wilson exuded style and efficiency, and although he shunned the limelight off the field, on it his voice could be heard constantly
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Tom Wolfe
Audacious and inventive journalist and author, Tom Wolfe, who satirised the American pursuit of prestige died on 14 May, aged 88. His writing detailed the finer points of behaviour, trends, fashion and the pursuit of prestige that shaped the American social orderTom Wolfe signs copies of his novel ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ in 1988
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Margot Kidder
Actor, Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in Superman films died on 13 May, aged 69. She spoke out against the First Gulf War and campaigned for abortion rights but both her political activism and her acting career took a backseat to her struggles with mental health
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Tessa Jowell
Former Labour cabinet minister, Tessa Jowell, who helped to secure 2012 London Olympics died on 12 May, aged 70. In a political career spanning more than four decades and as a minister in three Blair administrations, Jowell was a trailblazer for women in politics. Diagnosed with a glioblastoma in May 2017, a rare, high-grade tumour and malignant cancer that can spread quickly to other parts of the brain and spine, it came without warning and with none of the symptoms. Stoic, Jowell displayed passion, determination and a sense of mission, which had been the hallmark of her political career, in a bid to change the way cancer was dealt with
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Verne Troyer
The actor died on 21 April, aged 49. Widely known for his role as Mini-Me in Austin Powers, Troyer also appeared in the Harry Potter series
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Avicii
The musician, whose real name is Tim Bergling, died on 20 April, aged 28. A pioneer of EDM, and one of the most successful DJs in the industry, the musician found crossover pop success with his 2011 track ‘Le7els’, which sampled Etta James, going platinum in the US and becoming a number one single internationally
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Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Barbara Bush
Barbara Bush, the matriarch of most powerful US first family in recent times died on 17 April, aged 92
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Winnie Mandela
The ANC activist died on 14 April, aged 81. Winnie fought tirelessly against apartheid in South Africa, becoming a figurehead for the movement while her husband Nelson was in prison
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Ray Wilkins
International footballer, Ray Wilkins, who was handed the Chelsea captaincy at 18 died on 4 April, aged 61. Blessed with an adhesive touch and a calm temperament, Ray Wilkins went on to win the double with the Blues as assistant coach and was hailed as a gentlemen of the game
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Stephen Hawking
The theoretical physicist died at the age of 76, on 14 March. The iconic physicist is known as one of the greatest scientific minds in the history of the world, and worked to peer into the most mysterious parts of the universe. Hawking was known also for the accessible way in which he communicated those discoveries, with his work including A Brief History Of Time making its way into pop culture
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Marielle Franco
The politician was brutally murdered in downtown Rio de Janeiro on 14 March, in what officials have concluded was a targeted political assassination. A black LGBT+ woman in a country notoriously dominated by racism, sexism and traditional religious dogma, she was raised in one of Rio’s largest, poorest and most violent slums, the Maré complex
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Ken Dodd
The comedy legend died aged 90, on 11 March. Sir Ken, famous for his epic stand-up shows which could go on for hours at a time, as well as his Diddy Men and tickling stick, died just days after leaving hospital
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Hubert de Givenchy
The founder of the eponymous French fashion house died aged 91, on 10 March. In an impressive career that spanned more than five decades, Givenchy was renowned for dressing the likes of Jackie Kennedy, the Duchess of Windsor and Audrey Hepburn, his long-time muse
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Davide Astori
The footballer died after a cardiac arrest aged 31 on 4 March. He was captain of Fiorentina, and an Italian international with 14 appearances for the national side
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Roger Bannister
Athlete who broke four-minute mile, Roger Bannister, died on 3 March, aged 88. Sir Roger gave up running to pursue long and distinguished medical career
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Sridevi
Bollywood superstar, Sridevi, who starred in 300 films and was hailed as ‘India’s Meryl Streep’ died on 24 February, aged 54. She started off as a child star of Tamil-language cinema and then got her big break in Bollywood where she established herself as a low-key legend
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Emma Chambers
The British actress, best known for her roles in ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ and ‘Notting Hill’, died aged 53, on 21 February. A statement from her agency said: ‘Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many, and will be greatly missed.’
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures John Mahoney
The actor, famous for his role in long-running TV show ‘Frasier’, died at the age of 77, on 4 February. The British-born star was on the show for 11 seasons spanning from 1993 through to 2004 and his character, Martin Crane, is a fan favourite
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Mark E Smith
The lead singer and the main artist behind The Fall, died aged 60, on 24 January. Famous for his acerbic wit, Smith was the ever present member in the band, going through over sixty members in the group’s fourty year duration
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Hugh Masekela
The legendary South African jazz trumpeter and anti-apartheid activist died on 23 January at the age of 78 after suffering from cancer. Masekela, branded the ‘father of South African jazz’, died in Johannesburg after what his family described as a ‘protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer’
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Jimmy Armfield
The Blackpool legend and former England captain passed away, aged 82, on 22 January. The right-back played 627 matches for the Lancashire club between 1954 and 1971, and captained England 15 times in 43 appearances. He would later go on to manage Bolton Wanderers and Leeds United, before working as a pundit for the BBC for thirty years
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Ursula Le Guin
The celebrated science fiction and fantasy author died at the age of 88, on 22 January. Among the author’s best-known works are the 1969 science fiction novel ‘Left Hand of Darkness’, which explores themes of gender by featuring characters with no fixed sex, and the 1968 coming-of-age story ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Dolores O’Riordan
The singer died on 15 January, aged 46. Born into a staunchly Catholic family, O’Riordan was 17 when she responded to a press advert for a female vocalist to join The Cranberry Saw Us, comprising brothers Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler, in 1989. Soon after she became lead singer, they became The Cranberries and cut a three-track EP on an independent label
Notable deaths in 2018 – in pictures Cyrille Regis
The former England footballer died from a heart attack aged 59, on 14 January. The ex-footballer, who scored 112 goals in 297 appearances for West Bromwich Albion, also turned out for Coventry City and Aston Villa in the top flight, as well as playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers and Chester City in the later years of his career before retiring in 1996. Regis was a pioneer for black footballers in Britain
Tributes have poured on for the musician, who first found fame via uploading songs to online audio distribution platform SoundCloud,on social media.
Kanye West said: “Rest in peace I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing.”
Documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux said: “Notwithstanding personal demons, he was a huge talent & bringing a beautiful new feel to hip hop. So sad.”
The county sheriff’s office said XXXTentacion, who rose to fame after his hit song “Look at Me” went viral in 2016, was leaving the dealership shortly before 4pm local time when two armed suspects approached.
At least one of them shot him before both fled the scene in Deerfield Beach – 43 miles north of Miami – in an SUV.
A witness told celebrity news website TMZ multiple shots rang out outside the motorcycle dealership.
Keyla Concepción, Broward County sheriff department public information officer, said Broward County deputies are actively looking for the two men and asking anyone who witnessed the shooting to come forward.