Police in Florida searching for suspects in murder of Jamaican-American rapper

XXXTentacion.   Miami Dade County Corrections via Getty Images

Troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion has been shot and killed in Florida in what police called an apparent robbery attempt.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue personnel rushed the wounded rapper to nearby Broward Health North, where he was pronounced dead at about 5:30 p.m.

Police say Onfroy was taken to a hospital where he died.

The 20-year-old rapper was shot dead outside a motorcycle store in Deerfield Beach, Florida, confirmed The Hollywood Reporter.

Videos taken at the scene and shared on social media showed the rapper's slumped body in the driver's seat of a black sports vehicle as a bystander attempted to take his pulse. At one point in one of the videos, a Broward County Sheriff's Department officer can be seen reaching in to check his pulse.

"Known simply as "X" to his fans, the Broward County-based rapper rose from making music in his bedroom to the top of the Billboard albums chart with his most recent album, "?", which was released earlier this year. "So I just wanted to say I appreciate and love all of you, and I believe in you all". A video appeared to show him punching a pregnant woman - his lawyers said the video was "completely in jest" - and he was awaiting trial in the beating of his pregnant girlfriend.

As news of his death was confirmed, West, DJ Diplo and hip-hop star Juicy J all tweeted their condolences. In a lengthy Miami New Times profile worth reading, an ex-girlfriend accused XXXTentacion of smacking her in the face, holding her underwater and threatening to shove a barbecue fork into her vagina.

In May, he was one of the artists temporarily banned from Spotify's in-house playlists due to its policy of not promoting artists with a history of alleged hateful conduct.

Despite legal troubles Onfroy scored a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with the release of his second album, ?

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