Pop Smoke, an up and coming rapper, was shot and killed Wednesday morning in what appears to be a home invasion robbery … TMZ has learned.
The rapper was at a home in the Hollywood Hills at around 4:30 AM when 2 men wearing hoodies and masks broke into a house … this according to law enforcement sources. We’re told the 2 men fired multiple shots, striking and critically wounding Pop Smoke. The men were seen fleeing on foot.
Pop Smoke was rushed by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood where he was pronounced dead.
The suspects have not been caught and as far as we know they have not been identified. It’s unclear if Pop Smoke knew the shooters. One man was placed in handcuffs but cops determined he was not involved and was released.
Pop Smoke released an album back in July and one of the songs, “Welcome to the Party,” blew up … it was considered by many the song of the summer. Nicki Minaj did a remix of the song a few months later. He also did a song, “Gatti,” with Travis Scott.
Pop Smoke was 20yo.
Pop Smoke’s autopsy results have been released, concluding that the rapper died from a fatal gunshot wound to the torso.
An autopsy has determined the exact cause of death for Pop Smoke, the rapper who was murdered in the Hollywood Hills this week.
On Wednesday morning, it was reported that four masked men had broken into the Brooklyn rapper’s rental home, firing multiple shots at the man before leaving on foot.
Thus far, no arrests have been made but the case is being investigated as a targetted hit, and no longer as a random robbery.
According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, the 20-year-old rapper’s official cause of death has been listed as a fatal gunshot wound to the torso. It was also noted via XXL that Pop Smoke passed away in the hospital and that his body has been released to his family.
At the beginning stages of his music career, Pop Smoke gained a ton of attention with his break-out tracks “Dior” and “Welcome to the Party.”
His most recent album, Meet The Woo 2, was received very positively by the public, debuting at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.
The Brooklyn drill rapper was on pace to become one of the biggest stars of the year, being taken away from us far too soon.
We continue to send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Pop Smoke.
May his soul rest in peace.