(Gray News) - Pop Smoke, a rising star in rap music, was fatally shot Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Pop Smoke performs at the Sean Combs New Year's Eve Party on Star Island in Miami Beach in Miami, Florida on January 1, 2020. (Source: Walik Goshorn/MediaPunch /IPX/AP)
Real name Bashar Jackson, he was 20 years old.
Republic Records says in a statement that the label is devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss. Los Angeles police have not confirmed the identity, but numerous entertainers have been mourning the killing.
Police said they responded to a home invasion call around 4 a.m. where masked gunmen had entered the house where Pop Smoke was staying, Rolling Stone reported.
He was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead when he arrived. No arrests have been announced.
Public listings show that the home is owned by Edwin Arroyave and his wife Teddi Mellencamp, daughter of singer John Mellencamp and star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
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Early this am we were informed by a 3rd party leasing and management company overseeing a rental home we own in Los Angeles that a shooting had taken place at the property. Foremost, we would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones affected by this tragic loss of life. We aren’t aware of any of the details beyond what we’ve been told or seen reported on the news and at this time we would like to refrain from commenting further as we wish for the focus to remain on the law enforcement officers who are diligently doing their jobs.
Originally from Brooklyn, Pop Smoke first earned wide acclaim with his song “Welcome to the Party” in 2019. A remix of the song with Nicki Minaj made it to no. 9 on the Billboard chart in August.
He had since worked with other top artists, including Travis Scott, and released his album "Meet the Woo 2" weeks before his death.
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