XXXTentacion: Representatives Release a Statement on Rapper’s Death

On Monday, 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion was shot dead in Miami

Speculation has been mounting that he had predicted his death and reports came out claiming that XXXTentacion wanted to tie young, and everyone has questions.

The late rapper’s representation has now released a statement.

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XXXTentacion’s team released a statement to Entertainment Tonight.

“On June 18, 2018, Jahseh Onfroy — known worldwide as XXXTentacion — tragically passed away from a gunshot wound in Deerfield, Florida,” the statement begins.

As you may remember, the 20-year-old rapper was leaving a motorcycle dealer when a gunman ran up to his vehicle and opened fire.

“It is with great sadness that the news is confirmed in this official statement by his team,” the statement continues. “Manager Solomon Sobande, EMPIRE, Bob Celestin, Esq. and AKW PR.”

That’s very formal, but important, though this had already been reported by reputable sources and confirmed by local police.

The statement then goes on to make a request.

“In deference to his family, friends, and loved ones and in light of further investigation,” the statement asks.

This part is standard when a celebrity dies.

The statement continues: “we ask that their privacy be respected at this time.”

That is absolutely right. Whatever you may have thought of XXXTentacion himself, there were people who cared about him who are miserable right now.


The statement continues, this time with a tribute to the rapper’s memory.

“XXXTentacion touched the lives of millions around the globe,” the statement claims.

He certainly had many fans.

The statement says that the rapper connected with fans through music, “and will forever reside in the hearts of countless fans who listened to his music.”

Sure. His music will be part of his legacy for as long as he is remembered.

The statement says that this legacy will also apply to fans who “attended his concerts, and felt the glow of his uncontainable, undeniable, and unique spirit.”

That part is a little flowery, but appropriate for the context.

“News about memorial services to be issued forthcoming,” the statement concludes.

XXXTentacion was a controversial figure, in life and in death.

As you may have noticed from the two different mugshots in this post, he had multiple run-ins with the law during his 20 short years.

The allegations of brutal domestic abuse against him were definitely a subject on the internet following the news of XXXTentacion being shot, and then again after it was confirmed that he was dead.

Some people who were fans of the rapper despite the horrifying allegations expressed their grief on social media.

Others were then shocked to see that they felt that way, because they were unwilling to shed a tear for a man accused of monstrous misdeeds.

Fan culture can be complicated. How does one separate the art from the artist? Is it immoral to mourn a bad person?

Those are not easy questions to answer, and it seems unlikely that the world will ever agree any time soon.

Those on both sides of the debate of how to respond to news of XXXTentacion’s death can surely agree on one good cause.

The rapper’s ex-girlfriend, Geneva Ayala, whose serious facial injuries from a brutal alleged beating threaten even her eyesight, has a GoFundMe to help repair the damage to her face, skull, and eyes.

Following the news of his death — which was the first time that some people learned of the allegations against him that go back at least two years — she received an influx of donations to her GoFundMe.

While none of us should live in a world where vital healthcare should depend upon the generosity of strangers, this time, the strangers were very generous, and her page has now exceeded its goal.

Be warned — the images of her injuries are graphic.

That is a very worthy cause that is getting some attention this week. However you may feel about XXXTentacion, it’s good to channel those feelings into something good.

And, of course, let his loved ones grieve without trying to invade their privacy.


XXXTentacion Murder Details: Did He Predict His Own Death?

On Monday, the music world was shocked by the news that rapper and singer XXXTentacion had been shot dead in Miami.

He was just 20 years old.

Obviously, it’s always tragic when violence claims such a young life, but reactions to the death of XXXTentacion (real name Jahseh Onfroy) were decidedly mixed due to the tremendous amount of suffering her inflicted in his short time on this planet.

Onfroy spent his teen years in and out of detention centers for a number of violent crimes, and sadly, his anger didn’t abate with the onset of success.

He brawled with fans at his own concerts; he issued threats against fellow artists like Drake and Migos; he brutally pistol-whipped a man whose home he had broken into; and most egregiously, he allegedly beat, strangled, and tortured a woman named Geneva Ayala, who was pregnant with his child at the time

Onfroy was awaiting trial on charges of domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and aggravated battery of a pregnant woman at the time of his death.

Fans have defended his actions by pointing out that Onfroy endured an abusive childhood and seemed to suffer from mental illness.

Whatever the case, it’s not hard to see why many have been hesitant to either mourn his passing or celebrate his life.

Details of XXXTentacion’s murder are still hard to come by, and the suspect remains at large.

Thus far, we know that the rapper was shot outside of a dealership where he was reportedly shopping for motorcycles.

Police have offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of Onfroy’s murderer.

It is widely believed his death is in some way linked to one of the many violent conflicts that defined the artist’s young life.


Perhaps not surprisingly, despite his youth, death was never far from Onfroy’s mind.

After word of his passing went public yesterday, quotes from what may have been Onfroy’s final interview appeared on social media:

“If worse thing comes to worst, and I f—ing die or some s— and I’m not able to see out my dreams, I at least want to know that the kids perceived my message and were able to make something of themselves and able to take my message and use it and turn it into something positive and to at least have a good life,” the rapper said

“If I’m going to die or ever be a sacrifice, I want to make sure that my life made at least five million kids happy or they found some sort of answers or resolve in my life regardless of the negative around my name, regardless of the bad things people say to me,” he concluded.

We’ll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.


Rose McGowan: Don’t Blame Asia Argento For Anthony Bourdain’s Death!

Last week, the food world lost a true icon when Anthony Bourdain was found dead of an apparent suicide in a hotel room in France.

He was 61 years old.

Days later, details about the events surrounding Bourdain’s death are slowly beginning to trickle in, but the question of what could have driven one of the most widely-envied men on the planet to take his own life remains unanswered.

Fans and media outlets were quick to point out some unusual social media activity from Bourdain’s longtime girlfriend, Asia Argento, in the hours before the news of his passing became public knowledge.

An image in which the actress is seen wearing a shirt that reads “F-ck Off,” coupled with photos of Argento apparently vacationing with a male friend in France prompted a widespread theory that Bourdain was distraught over relationship problems.

In the final months of his life, Bourdain was an outspoken advocate of the #MeToo movement, and his activism brought him close to some of the most high-profile victims of sexual harassment in Hollywood, including the actress Rose McGowan.

Bourdain and McGowan quickly became close friends, and today, she published an open letter in which she addresses both his death and the rumors about his alleged relationship troubles.

“Sitting across from me is the remarkable human and brave survivor, Asia Argento, who has been through more than most could stand, and yet stand she does,” the letter reads.

“She stood up to her monster rapist and now she has to stand up to yet another monster, suicide. The suicide of her beloved lover and ally, Anthony Bourdain.”

McGowan goes on to claim that Bourdain and Argento were in an open relationship, and she implies he would not have been upset by the sight of Argento with another man:

“Anthony and Asia had a free relationship, they loved without borders of traditional relationships, and they established the parameters of their relationship early on,” McGowan states. 

“Asia is a free bird, and so was Anthony. Was. Such a terrible word to write,” she adds.

“I’ve heard from many that the past two years they were together were some of his happiest and that should give us all solace.”

She later states:

“It is in no way fair or acceptable to blame her or anyone else, not even Anthony.”

McGowan says she’s angry about her friend’s death, but she also pleads for sympathy from those who feel that he took his own life out of selfishness or a lack of concern for his loved ones.

Shortly after learning of Bourdain’s death, Argento addressed the matter on Instagram, writing:

“His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”

We’ll have further details on this developing story as more information becomes available.


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