FANS of XXXTENTACION are commemorating what would've been the controversial rapper's 24th birthday, over three years after he was gunned down during a robbery in Florida.
XXXTENTACION, real name Jaseh Dwayne Onfroy, was robbed and shot dead in broad daylight on June 18, 2018, shortly after leaving Riva’s MotorSports in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Just 20-years-old at the time, surveillance footage showed the rapper walking into the motorcycle dealership closely followed by two men who bought masks and then left.
XXXTENTACION, otherwise known as X, then got back into his blacked-out BMW but, as he attempted to drive away, a dark-colored journey 4×4 blocked his exit.
Two masked men then jumped out from the passenger side of the Dodge, pointing a handgun and a rifle at the star.
According to police, the gunmen demanded that the rapper hand over the chain around his neck but he refused.
A struggle ensued between the three men and the 20-year-old was shot at point-blank range.
The gunmen fled the scene with a Louis Vuitton bag containing $50,000 in cash.
X was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead just over an hour later.
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Robert Allen, Michael Boatwright, Dedrick Williams and Trayvon Newsome were all charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm in relation to the fatal incident.
Shortly after the rapper's death, his sister Ariana Onfroy told The Sun she believed the murder was an "inside job."
"There's somebody on the inside that knew where he was going to be and the exact time he was leaving for the murderers to know when to come and to do what they did. It definitely was set up," she said.
At the time of his death, X was considered a rising star in the music industry, having found fame uploading songs and mixtapes to SoundCloud.
Sporting dreadlocks and facial tattoos, the performer was known for his emotionally moving lyrics that often referenced suicidal thoughts and battles with depression.
In the March of 2018, he scored a number one album in the US with his release of "?" and also landed a top 10 record with "Sad!"
Ominously, in a video posted to social media in the months preceding his death, X said: "If worse things come to worse, 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 perceive my message and were able to make something of themselves.
"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 define your body. Your mind is limitless … you are worth more than you can believe.”
While X's music was critically acclaimed, his personal life was marred by a string of controversies and legal issues.
The 20-year-old, who had multiple arrests to his name, often drew criticism for his bad behavior and was facing 15 felony charges at the time of his death.
His legal woes began in 2012 when he was just 14. During that year he was arrested twice: once for possession of 21 grams of marijuana, and a second time for breaking into a home and stealing a laptop to make music on.
Two years later, at age 16, X was sent to a youth detention center for a year on gun possession charges.
In the July of 2016, days after being bailed for stabbing his former manager, the rapper was arrested and charged with robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and home invasion for an incident committed in November 2015.
During that incident, X reportedly entered the home with three other men, pistol-whipped the homeowner three times before escaping with an iPad, an iPhone, a Playstation Portable, and $20 in cash.
He posted bond in September, then was arrested once again the following month on charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery of a pregnant victim – later revealed to be his ex-girlfriend, Geneva Ayala.
X pleaded not guilty to those charges and was released on December 20, 2017, on house arrest.
He was released from house arrest on March 21, 2018, after a judge approved his request because he wanted to go on tour.
Months later he was shot dead, and all charges against him were subsequently dropped.
FAMILY SPEAKS OUT
It was revealed days later that the rapper was expecting his first child with his girlfriend at the time of his death.
In the almost four years since, his three-time platinum-selling second album "?" has remained on the Billboard 200.
Sunday the 23rd of January marks what would've been his 24th birthday.
The rapper's official Twitter page posted an update to fans earlier today, revealing that new music, as well as a documentary, is currently in the works.
"To Jahseh's supporters across the world," the statement starts. "We continue to be amazed at the love and support that X's fans show on a daily basis. We know how much his music means to all of you, and his impact continues to be more powerful than its ever been.
"It's important to us to continue to honor Jah's legacy, and in that spirit, we are planning an exciting 2022. One of our first initiatives is to get as much of X's music from his earliest days as an artist up on all DSPs. We have been working diligently to clear as much of it as possible, and we are excited to announce our first release this Friday with 'Vice City' hitting all streaming services for the first time.
"We will continue to release music as we clear it, and are making sure we do it in a way that stays true to how X released each song originally."
It continued: "Thank you again for your support and for continuing to honor and celebrate the life of Jah."
Birthday tributes to the star have flooded social media across Sunday.
"Happy birthday brother I miss you everyday @xxxtentacion," wrote DJ SCHEME in one tribute.
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