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New York DJ 'Megatron' shot dead

Nicki Minaj is among stars to pay tribute to late TV personality

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New York hip-hop DJ and TV personality 'Megatron' has been shot dead.

The 32-year-old, also known as Corey McGriff, was found dead with a gunshot wound to his chest, police said.

He was killed while heading to a store near his home on New York City's Staten Island in the early hours of Sunday morning (March 27), his manager Justin Kirkland, known as J. Smoove, added.

No arrests have been made, reports Billboard.

Nicki Minaj was among a host of stars who took to Twitter to pay tribute to the late popular music TV show host.

"Rest In Peace DJ Megatron. My thoughts are with your family and friends @ hot 97", she wrote on her Twitter page twitter.com/nickiminaj.

Actor and TV presenter Terrence J, who appeared alongside Christina Aguilera and Cher in the movie Burlesque, also paid his respects.

"Rip to DJ Megatron. My prayers go out to his family and loved ones, he will be deeply missed," he wrote.

McGriff was well-known within New York hip-hop circles as a promoter of up-and-coming artists.

But he was best known for his work on Black Entertainment Television's music countdown series 106 & Park.

He also appeared in a number of movies including 2005's State Property 2 starring Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash and rappers Beanie Sigel and N.O.R.E..

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