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20-year-old rapper Pop Smoke shot dead in West Hollywood

The US rapper Pop Smoke has reportedly been killed, according to media in the States.

Los Angeles Police told Radio 1 Newsbeat a man was shot at his home in an apparent armed robbery, but they aren’t currently identifying him.

It is widely believed to be the 20-year-old rapper from Brooklyn.




Police say they responded to reports of a robbery – a man was taken to hospital and later pronounced dead.

Officers confirmed that an unknown number of suspects entered a property in West Hollywood.

They got a call about a robbery at 04:55 PST and were at the scene six minutes later.



Police say no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made.

They also denied reports that a man was held at the scene but say one suspect is thought to have had a handgun.

When reports first appeared in the US tributes began flooding in for Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson – including from friends.



Pop Smoke had a breakout hit with Welcome to the Party in 2019.

The station said he “possessed the air and cadence of a rapper who has been in the game for a decade or two longer than his actual age”.

The track ended up being remixed by both Nicki Minaj and Skepta.



Just last week Pop Smoke was a guest on DJ Target’s show on 1Xtra.

He was in the middle of several US tour dates and was due to come to the UK in April – with shows scheduled in London, Manchester and Birmingham.





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