The music world has been shocked by the death of controversial American rapper XXXTentacion (real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy), who has died at the age of 20 after being shot in South Florida.
As the industry reacts to the Onfroy’s death, social media has been flooded by mixed reactions, given the artist’s history of alleged domestic violence, armed home invasion, harassment and battery.
The likes of Kanye West, J. Cole, Lil Yachty and Blink-182’s Travis Barker have already paid tribute to Onfroy…
This got me fucked up. RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans.
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) June 18, 2018
I’m at a loss for words… speechless #RIPXXXTentacion Loved collaborating with you. You were a true artist, one of the most fucking talented of our time 💔💔💔
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) June 18, 2018
…while others, including singer-songwriter Moses Sumney, made a point of Onfroy’s violent and controversial past with their own controversial tweets:
R Kelly next please 🙏🏿
— Moses Sumney (@MosesSumney) June 18, 2018
Others acknowledged Onfroy’s failings, but honoured the rapper’s impact on the hip hop community and called for anyone praising his death to reconsider what they are doing.
For the record, I was never in support of his ways, especially his domestic abuse which I found to be horrific. But I will never demonize an individual without criticizing the society and/or circumstance in which they were raised. Especially someone under 21.
— Jidenna (@Jidenna) June 18, 2018
X had a troubled past and made a lotta bad decisions. He had the reputation he did for a reason.
But dude didn’t deserve to go out that way. Nor is it a good look to be figuratively dancing on his grave.
Let the kid rest in peace.
— Thee Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop) June 18, 2018
chill with the jokes about xxxtentacion in the comments please this is not the time to crack jokes to get some likes this is a 20 year old kid that a lot of people love and a lot of people lost today. Tread lightly #RIPXXXTentacion
— Jjj (@Jayecane) June 18, 2018
At the time of his death, Onfroy was awaiting trial on over a dozen felony charges and allegations of domestic violence against his then-pregnant girlfriend.
Onfroy released his second XXXTentacion album ? earlier this year, after releasing his debut album 17 in 2017.
Police have called for anyone who may have information about his death to get in contact.
Anyone with information is urged to contact #BSO homicide detectives Walt Foster or John Curcio at (954) 321-4210 or @crimestoppers2, anonymously, at (954) 493-TIPS #XXTENTACION. pic.twitter.com/J97xZ9cHHz
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) June 18, 2018
View a number of other prominent reactions to his death, below.