Rapper XXXTentacion shot and killed in Florida

XXXTentacion.   Miami Dade County Corrections via Getty Images

Rapper XXXTentacion has been shot dead in Florida, authorities say.

His death sparked tributes from the hip-hop community, including from Kanye West. "rest in peace I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing", West tweeted.

Two videos from different angles circulating on Twitter show a man that looks like Onfroy slumped in the driver's seat of a black BMW i8 with the doors up while witnesses and BSO deputies check his pulse on his neck. "His second album, titled "?" and released in March, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.

A Broward County official only confirmed "a developing incident regarding a shooting" located in Deerfield Beach, about 70km north of Miami, in which an "adult male victim was transported to an area hospital".

XXXTentacion, 20, appeared lifeless in his auto in video taken right after the shooting.

He released his debut album, 17, the same year, and followed it up with?

But his short career was plagued by allegations of domestic violence.

No other information about XXXTentacion's death is available at this time. Last year, he reportedly won a distribution agreement worth an estimated $6 million, according to Variety.

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Meanwhile, he faced legal problems and a quickly worsening reputation.

Onfroy was due to face trial on domestic violence charges at the time of his death, according to reports. His albums have so far sold over 2m units in the US.

'R.I.P @xxxtentacion sad day for music.

His manager, Taylor Maglin, wrote on Facebook: "I lost my brother today and it's the worst feeling in the world".

And J. Cole said, in part: "RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person".

Family and friends have asked for privacy while they grieve.

Documentary maker Louis Theroux said: "Notwithstanding personal demons, he was a huge talent & bringing a handsome new feel to hip hop".

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