Rapper XXXTentacion has been shot dead in south Florida.

Broward County Sheriff confirmed that the 20-year-old artist had died following a report by US celebrity news website TMZ, which said he had been shot by two hooded assailants after leaving a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, north of Miami, on Monday.

Rapper Diddy, formerly P Diddy, paid tribute to the musician on Twitter: "One of the most interesting people I've ever met. Let's love each other while we're alive. REST IN PEACE YOUNG KING."

One of the most interesting people Ive ever met. Lets love each other while were alive.

REST IN PEACE YOUNG KING. pic.twitter.com/wwxDOLeaxB

— Diddy (@Diddy) June 19, 2018

An eyewitness told the outlet that XXXTentacion – whose most recent album debuted at number one in the US back in March – had been seen "lifeless with no pulse" after the incident at just before 4pm local time.

In a later statement released on Twitter, the sheriff's office said: "The adult male that was taken to the hospital has been pronounced dead.

The adult male victim has been confirmed as 20 year old Jahseh Onfroy aka rapper #XXXTentacion.

— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) June 18, 2018

"The adult male victim has been confirmed as 20 year old Jahseh Onfroy aka rapper #XXXTentacion."

The fatal shooting came just months after the victim was released from house arrest in relation to a charge of domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend.

He had been awaiting trial to answer to the allegations, which stemmed from an incident last October.

Image: Investigators surround the car in which XXXTentacion was shot

Following the charges, Onfroy was removed from certain Spotify playlists as part of a new policy by the music streaming platform to address "artist conduct".

His music was reinstated earlier this month after the policy – which also affected R&B star R Kelly after allegations of sexual abuse – was criticised for targeting specific artists.

Onfroy had previously been arrested for other criminal charges, including robbery.

On the same night, another rising rapper named Jimmy Wopo was killed in a double shooting, officials confirmed.

The 21-year-old – real name Travon Smart – was one of two victims shot in Pittsburgh's Middle Hill, in Pennsylvania.

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The other victim of the drive-by remains in a stable condition following the incident.

His manager shared the news in a Facebook post, writing: "I lost my brother today and it's the worst feeling in the world. He was destined for greatness and he wanted the best for his friends, family and community."

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