Pop Smoke death: 50 Cent and Nicki Minaj lead tributes to 20-year-old rapper

Tributes have been paid to 20-year-old rapper Pop Smoke, who is believed to have been “shot and killed” in a suspected armed burglary.

According to Los Angeles police, a number of masked men broke into a property in the Hollywood Hills.

Pop Smoke, whose real name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was at a house in the Hollywood Hills at approximately 4:30am when two men broke in, according to TMZ.

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DJs and producers have been remembering Pop Smoke on Twitter and Instagram. 

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1/22 Derek Acorah

TV medium presenter Derek Acorah died aged 69 on 3 January, 2020 after suffering “a very brief illness”. He was best known for presenting Most Haunted.

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