Rapper Smoke Dawg was reportedly shot dead in Toronto on Saturday night (June 30).
Toronto news company CP24 reports that multiple witnesses heard gunshots outside Cube nightclub, which is located on a busy street in the city’s entertainment district. The report claims that two men and one woman were taken to hospital, but one of the males later died of his injuries.
Police are yet to confirm the identity of the deceased, but known associates of Smoke Dawg, including Drake and Mustafa the Poet have taken to social media to pay tribute.
Taking to Twitter, Mustafa the Poet wrote: “The worst day of my life, I somehow keep finding a new worst. Smokey is gone, may our prayers follow him to heaven.”
Sharing an instagram story with a picture of his fellow Toronto rapper, Drake wrote: “All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating. I wish peace would wash over our city. So much talent and so many stories we never get to see play out. Rest up Smoke.”
Smokey is gone, may our prayers follow him to heaven
— Mustafa (@MustafaThePoet) July 1, 2018
Drake via his IG story. RIP Smoke Dawg ? pic.twitter.com/xRnKVZzncX
— Drake Direct (@DrakeDirect_) July 1, 2018
One of Toronto’s rising stars from a downtown the neighbourhood park called Halal Gang, Smoke Dawg first rose to prominence in 2015 with track “Still.”
After collaborations with Skepta and French Montana, the rapper hit the news once more when he brought out Drake and Skepta during a gig in London in February 2017.
Smoke Dawg released his latest track earlier this week, titled “Fountain Freestyle” and was reportedly working on his first full length album.
NME has reached out to representatives of Smoke Dawg for comment.