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Stars Mourn Rapper Pop Smoke After He Was Killed In Home Invasion

Rapper Pop Smoke -- real name Bashar Jackson -- was fatally shot Wednesday morning during a home invasion in the Hollywood Hills. He was 20.

The LAPD addressed the incident this morning, saying they received a call at 4.55 am from "someone on the East Coast" who said a friend had contacted them saying suspects had broken into the home with a handgun.

Officers arrived at the multimillion-dollar home that the Brooklyn-born rapper was renting to find him with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It is believed that the invasion could have stemmed from the star accidentally sharing a  video that showed his address online just hours prior to his death.

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Pop Smoke arrived on the hip hop scene in 2019 with the popular track “Welcome to the Party". He then released "Meet the Woo", which was remixed by Nicki Minaj and Skepta.

Since the news of his murder, fellow artists including Minaj, Chance the Rapper, Quavo and 50 Cent paid tribute to the slain artist over social media, with Minaj writing, "The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop," while Kehlani added that he was "freakishly talented".

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Mike Dee, a long time friend of Pop Smoke, posted an emotional message to Instagram, denying the rumour that he had set up his friend, insisting that "the truth will come to light".

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