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Vinnie Paul, Pantera drummer and co-founder, dies at 54

Vinnie Paul, Pantera drummer and co-founder, dies at 54

(CNN) - Vinnie Paul, the drummer and founding member of the metal band Pantera has died, the band announced on Facebook."Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away," the band said in a st ... Continue Reading
What to know about Sunday's BET Awards

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Johnny Depp addresses his pricey wine tab and that acting earpiece you've heard about

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ABC rolls the dice, again, with Roseanne-free 'Roseanne'

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'Take Two' offers new take on 'Castle' formula

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Remember 'Daria'? MTV wants to bring her back

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Chloe Dykstra speaks out after Chris Hardwick denial

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Demi Lovato opens up about relapse in candid single 'Sober'

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Florida man charged with murder in XXXTentacion's killing, police say

Florida man charged with murder in XXXTentacion's killing, police say

(CNN) - A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in the fatal Broward County, Florida, shooting of rapper XXXTentacion, police said Thursday.

Authorities arrested Dedrick Williams of Pompano Beach on Wednesday evening and charged him with first-degree murder.

Though Williams' inmate record describes the charge as "murder dangerous depraved (without) premeditation," the arrest warrant accused Williams of killing the rapper "from a premeditated design."

He was also charged with a probation violation and operating a vehicle without a valid driver's license.

At the time of his arrest, Williams was on probation until 2021 for grand theft motor vehicle, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

Williams appeared in court Thursday afternoon, where a judge ordered him held without bond. He is scheduled to be back in court Monday for the probation violation.

Killed on the rise

Broward police said XXXTentacion was killed Monday during an apparent robbery.

The 20-year-old rapper was leaving a motorsports store about 4 p.m. when two men in a dark SUV shot him, said Keyla Concepción, Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. Police were looking for two men in connection with the shooting, she initially said.

XXXTentacion was a Plantation, Florida, native, who rocketed to fame after his song, "Look at Me," went viral on social media and SoundCloud in 2016.

He went on to be featured in XXL magazine's 2017 Freshman Class alongside other up-and-coming artists. His latest album "?" premiered at No. 1 when it was released in March, according to Billboard.

Several rappers took to social media to mourn the rising rapper's death.

"Rest in peace I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing," Kanye West tweeted.

Big Sean added, "I didn't know him personally but I respect how passionate he was about his music and message. Nobody deserves this kind of ending. gone too soon, damn! RIP."

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Bruce Springsteen calls family separations 'disgracefully inhumane' at Broadway show

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Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida, police say

Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida, police say

(CNN) - Rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed during an apparent robbery Monday in Broward County, Florida, police said.

The 20-year-old rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was leaving a motorsports store shortly before 4 p.m. when two men in a dark colored SUV shot and killed him in an apparent robbery, said Keyla Concepción, Broward County sheriff department public information officer.

Broward County deputies are actively looking for the two men and asking anyone who witnessed the shooting to come forward, Concepción said.

Rise to fame

XXXTentacion, a Plantation, Florida, native, rocketed to fame after his song "Look at Me" went viral on social media and audio distribution platform SoundCloud in 2016 according to CNN affiliate WSVN-TV.

He went on to be featured in XXL magazine's 2017 Freshman Class alongside other up-and-coming artists.

His latest album "?" premiered at No. 1 when it was released in March, according to Billboard's website. The album's single "Sad!" peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 15 weeks on the charts, according to Billboard.

At the time of his death, he was awaiting trial for a domestic violence incident, court documents said. He was accused of punching his pregnant girlfriend "to where both eyes became shut and victim could not see," according to a police report.

And he had been under house arrest for a time while he awaited trial on battery and harassment charges. The house arrest was lifted in March, according to Miami-Dade court documents. He had pleaded not guilty to multiple felony counts, including witness tampering.

XXXTentacion also stirred controversy. His September 2017 music video for the viral hit "Look at Me" sparked backlash for staging a scene depicting XXXTentacion lynching a young white boy. The video also referenced flashpoints in the national debate on race such as the 1991 Rodney King beating, the lynching in Mississippi of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955, the 2014 Ferguson, Missouri riots, the police shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota in 2016 and the 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia, violence.

At the end of the video, XXXTentacion spoke about violence and American youth.

"Are you willing to risk your child's future due to your own bigotry? The choice is yours, but your child will not stand for the hate. This generation will be loved, nurtured, heard and understood."

Celebrity reaction

When the news of XXXTentacion's death hit, rappers took to social media.

Kanye West shared his condolences, saying "Rest in peace I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing."

Juicy J also shared his thoughts in two short tweets saying ""Prayers up for @xxxtentacion" and "R.I.P. Xxxtentacion."

Tyga, a California rapper signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment, said it's "so sad to lose good artist" via Twitter.

Big Sean said on Twitter that his heart dropped when he heard about his fellow rapper's death.

"I feel like we only got to see a glimpse of his artistry," Big Sean said. "I didn't know him personally but I respect how passionate he was about his music and message. Nobody deserves this kind of ending. gone too soon, damn! RIP."

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine also took to Instagram to talk about XXXTentacion's death in sometimes graphic language.

"Tomorrow's not promised ... you could be here today and be gone tomorrow," he said. "X spread nothing but positivity."

XXXTentacion's death came on the same day that another young rapper, Jimmy Wopo, was fatally shot in Pittsburgh.

Clarification: Earlier versions of this story did not include that his house arrest status was lifted in March.

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Rapper Jimmy Wopo gunned down in Pittsburgh

Rapper Jimmy Wopo gunned down in Pittsburgh

(CNN) - Rapper Jimmy Wopo was fatally shot Monday afternoon in the Pittsburgh neighborhood he helped make famous. He was 21.

Police said they found Wopo and another man shot inside a car shortly before 4:30 p.m. Monday in Pittsburgh's Hill District neighborhood. The vehicle was in the middle of the street and had been struck several times.

Both men were transported to a local hospital where the rapper later died. Police said the other victim, who was not identified in a press release, was transported in stable condition.

Police said the shooting is currently being investigated and initial reports indicate it was an isolated incident.

Wopo died the same day fellow young rapper XXXTentacion was gunned down during an apparent robbery in Florida.

Born Travon Smart, Wopo first came to fame with his 2016 song "Elm Street," which documented his life in his beloved hometown.

He began rapping early, he said, starting at the age of 7 to earn money from adults in the community.

He told Fader last year he went to multiple alternative schools growing up and credited his mother with letting him "go through everything by myself," which he said prepared him for life.

A local church, Hope Center, helped him develop his skills because they had a studio they made available to the local youth, he said.

"You couldn't cuss and s--- and everybody in the hood was going to it," Wopo said. "It was our first time ever being in a real studio for real, so that's when we really started making music. I was 14."

The trap rap star was considered by many to be a heir apparent to fellow Pittsburgh rappers Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, who had become heavyweights in hip hop.

On Monday both those stars paid tribute to Wopo on social media.

"Rest up bro," Khalifa wrote in a caption of a photo of the slain rapper.

Wopo had previously been shot twice as a teen.

He told VLAD TV last year that being shot a second time at the age of 18 changed his perspective.

"The first time I got shot I was more angry to get back at what happened to me," he said. "The second time I had much more s--- on the line. I had a daughter, I had the song 'Walking Bomb.' That s--- was kind of popping -- it was my first joint that really kinda started blowing out the water."

Rapper XXXTentacion foreshadowed his own death

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