By MAHADHIR MONIHULDIN
Rapper XXXTentacion – also known as Jahseh Onfroy – was shot multiple times in an attempted robbery on June 18. He was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital. The rapper was recognised for his large following among youth after gaining popularity through his work on the music sharing platform, SoundCloud.
But now, XXXTentacion falls under the list of young celebrities who have tragically passed away. Here is a list of five other celebrities who were gone too soon.
The Notorious B.I.G
The Notorious B.I.G, known to many as Biggie, received acclamation for bringing back the spotlight to rap music. But on March 9, 1997, after leaving a party in Los Angeles in the middle of the night, a gunman pulled up and opened fire. Biggie passed before arriving at a nearby hospital. He was 24. A fascination to many was the fact that his rap counterpart from the West Coast, Tupac Shakur was also murdered six months prior.
A rap icon who represented the face of rap music and the voice of the African-American community, Tupac Shakur suffered a tragic death from a drive-by shooting in 1996. Similar to the incident with Biggie, Tupac was gunned down after a man emerged from another car at a traffic light and fired 13 shots. Surprisingly, Tupac was able to survive through the ordeal before finally passing on six days after. He was 25. His murder has never been solved and remains a topic of intrigue by rap enthusiasts.
Famous for his role in the 2009 sci-fi movie Star Trek, Anton Yelchin was involved in a freak accident at his home in Los Angeles. The actor was squashed by his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee after it rolled down a steep driveway; he was found pressed in between the brick mailbox and security fence. Since then, a confidential settlement has been made between Yelchin’s parents and the makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Yelchin was 27.
The celebrated Mexican-American pop star Selena Quintanilla-Perez was shot dead by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar in Texas. Saldivar was under fire by Selena and her family for embezzling funds. Selena was 23 when she was killed.
The Rebel Without A Cause actor was killed in California, when the Porsche he was driving hit another car at an intersection. The incident had given Dean a rep of being a daredevil driver whose speeding and recklessness on the road caused his own death. But new evidence has emerged proving that not only was Dean driving safely, but at a much lower speed than was believed at the time. He was 24.