Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida

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"I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing".

He texted me this weekend it was one of his goals to get me & Skrillex to finish his next album.

The 20-year-old was apparently at a motorcycle dealership when a gunman approached him critically wounding him.

Dozens of musicians took to Twitter to mourn his death, including Kanye West. "Rest in peace", he tweeted. So I just want to say I appreciate and love all of you.

"Are you willing to risk your child's future due to your own bigotry? God bless his family, friends and fans", wrote J. Cole.

He was facing 15 felony charges and was now awaiting trial after being charged with counts of false imprisonment, aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and domestic battery by strangulation, for incidents involving his ex-girlfriend in 2016.

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The entertainer, who sported dreadlocks and a number of facial tattoos, was a rising star and notched a number one album in March with his sophomore effort ?

But the teenager's career was already being overshadowed by his legal problems, including charges of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation and, later, witness tampering. In March, a judge ruled that XXXTentacion could be released from house arrest in order to tour in support of his new album.

Despite being relatively new to the music world, XXXTentacion was hailed 'rap's most controversial man, ' after becoming embroiled in numerous feuds with other rappers, including Drake. His mother would buy him clothes, phones and other gifts.

Spotify last month singled out XXXTentacion as part of a policy not to promote songs by artists known for "harmful or hateful" behaviour, but the leading streaming service backed down after charges that it had overstepped its role.

Following the sudden death of rapper XXXTentacion on Monday, celebrities flooded social media to honor the late artist. Witnesses say they heard multiple shots fired.

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