Pop Smoke shot dead: 20-year-old rapper ‘killed in home robbery in California’

A man believed to be 20-year-old rapper Pop Smoke has been “shot and killed” in a suspected armed burglarly on Wednesday morning (19 February).

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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The publication reports that two men fired multiple shots, critically wounding the rapper. The men were reportedly witnessed fleeing the scene on foot.

Pop Smoke was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood where he was pronounced dead, according to US media reports. It is unclear if he knew the shooters.

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The Brooklyn-born artist has been credited with helping bridge the gap between UK drill and New York hip-hop.

His 2019 single “Welcome to the Party” was a viral hit and was remixed by Skepta and Nicki Minaj. He released the deluxe edition of Meet the Woo Vol. 2 earlier this month.

The Independent has contacted a representative for Pop Smoke.

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