Sources close to the "Look at Me" rapper's family told The Blast Monday that they think two gunmen were looking to kill him, and that they want investigators to question people who might want him dead. At least one of them opened fire before fleeing in a dark-colored SUV.
Despite his disturbing personal conduct, XXX has been viewed as the most prominent voice in the emergent South Florida SoundCloud rap scene, which also includes rappers like Ski Mask The Slump God, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, and wifisfuneral.
The rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was later pronounced dead, the sheriff's department said.
Emergency officials received a call at 3.57pm about a shooting on Dixie Highway and an adult male victim was taken to a hospital, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
The rapper, whose hit songs include SAD! and Moonlight, quickly rose to prominence following the release of his debut album 17 last August.
"Without any promotion in traditional terms, his second album, entitled "?", debuted at the top of the Billboard album chart in March. He had been recently released from house arrest while he awaited trial on battery and harassment charges - all of which he denied.
Producer Diplo posted a photo of the two together and said, "Thanks for inspiring me".
These charges included aggravated assault of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering.
The likes of Kanye West, J. Cole, Lil Yachty and Blink-182's Travis Barker have already paid tribute to Onfroy...