US rapper Pop Smoke has reportedly been killed

The rising rapper was reportedly shot and killed in the Hollywood Hills this morning (February 19)

US rapper Pop Smoke has reportedly been killed.

The rising Brooklyn, New York musician, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson, was 20.

TMZ reports that Smoke was shot and killed during a home invasion robbery at a house in the Hollywood Hills in the early hours of this morning (February 19). The outlet cites law enforcement sources, claiming that two men broke into Smoke’s house.

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TMZ also reports that Smoke was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood where he was pronounced dead.

Pop Smoke
Pop Smoke (Picture: Getty)

Rolling Stone reports that a spokesperson from the Los Angeles Police Department has also confirmed the rapper’s death.

At a press conference, Captain Steve Lurie of the LAPD said that the force were not identifying the victim yet (via ABC News). Lurie added that preliminary information indicated that between two and six suspects entered the home where Pop Smoke was staying at the time of the incident.

While multiple people at the residence were detained when police arrived, no arrests were made, according to Lurie. The people who were initially detained have now been released.

Tributes to Pop Smoke have begun pouring in on social media, with messages from the likes of Nicki Minaj, Quavo and 50 Cent being posted online — you can see a selection of the tributes to Pop Smoke below.

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Pop Smoke’s April 2019 break-out hit, ‘Welcome To The Party’, later led to separate remixes with Nicki Minaj and Skepta.

He also collaborated with Migos‘ Quavo on the track ‘Shake the Room’, while he also featured on the December-released ‘JackBoys’ album which was helmed by Travis Scott.

Pop Smoke released his second mixtape, ‘Meet The Woo Vol. 2’, earlier this month.

This is a developing story, check back for further updates.

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