Rapper Pop Smoke Dead at 20: Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent and More Stars Pay Tribute

According to reports, Pop Smoke was shot and killed at the age of 20 on Wednesday. After the news spread, Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent and more stars paid tribute on social media

By Elyse Dupre Feb 19, 2020 4:39 PMTags
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Fans and artists are mourning the death of Pop Smoke.

The rapper, otherwise known as Bashar Jackson, was shot and killed at the age of 20 on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to Rolling Stone.

According to the LAPD, police responded to a call that came in at 4:29 a.m. regarding an unknown number of suspects entering a residence in Hollywood Hills, Calif. and shooting a man in his 20s. The victim was later transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

While the police did not release any names to E! News, several outlets identified Pop Smoke as the victim. 

TMZ, which broke the news, reported the incident took place at a rental property owned by The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Edwin Arroyave and Teddi Mellencamp. Mellencamp seemingly addressed the report in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

"Early this am we were informed by a 3rd party leasing and management company overseeing a rental home we own in Los Angeles that a shooting had taken place at the property," she wrote on the social network. "Foremost, we would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones affected by this tragic loss of life. We aren't aware of any of the details beyond what we've been told or seen reported on the news and at this time we would like to refrain from commenting further as we wish for the focus to remain on the law enforcement officers who are diligently doing their jobs."

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Several artists paid tribute to Pop Smoke after news of his passing spread.

"The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave," Nicki Minaj, who released a remix of "Welcome to the Party" with Pop Smoke in 2019, wrote on Instagram, "Unbelievable. Rest in Peace, Pop."

"Rest up Pop Smoke!!" Kehlani also tweeted. "20 years old, hella sweet FREAKISHLY talented. S--t sick out here. Prayers to his family [for real]."

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Quavo, 50 Cent and YG also honored the late star. 

"R.I.P. to my man Pop Smoke. No sympathy for winners. God bless him," the "Candy Shop" rapper wrote, later adding, "No such thing as success without jealousy, treachery comes from those who are close. R.I.P."

Tyga, AJ Tracey, DaniLeigh, Lakeith Stanfield and Gunna remembered Pop Smoke, as well. 

"Damn bro just talked to u," Tyga wrote. "Can't believe it. You was on yo way. You was a real star bro. Yo energy was crazy. We needed ur energy n sound! Rest In Peace broski."

Chance the Rapper and Snoop Dogg did, too.

"Rest Up Pop Smoke, you were too young," the "No Problem" artist tweeted. "God Bless and comfort your family. What a crazy trajectory you were on man smh."

In addition, Kylie Jenner tweeted, "Rest in peace Pop Smoke."

Republic Records also paid tribute. 

"We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of @POPSMOKE10," the record label tweeted. "Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans, as we mourn this loss together."

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