The last few years have seen a number of stars from the world of hip hop senselessly killed.
Yesterday, 20-year-old rapper Pop Smoke was shot dead at a house in Hollywood, California after masked gunmen broke in.
The Brooklyn-born rising star was gunned down after he accidentally shared the address of the Airbnb property he was staying in on his Instagram story.
Now, reports in the US claim the Los Angeles shooting is being blamed on a gang hit, after the rapper – born Bashar Barakah Jackson – allegedly boasted about being a member of the Crips.
But Pop Smoke is just the latest in a string of rising stars and established names from the world of hip hop who have been brutally murdered in recent years.
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Just as the deadly shootings in the 1990s of Tupac and Biggy Smalls horrified many, a number of killings in recent years have brought further anguish and heartache.
Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead in his native Los Angeles in March last year at the age of 33.
At a young age, he joined the Crips gang, who sprang out of the Crenshaw neighbourhood where he grew up.
But after being taken on a trip to Eritrea by his father at the age of 19, he was inspired to become a community activist.
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On March 31, 2019, he was shot at least 10 times outside Marathon Clothing, a business he owned in South Los Angeles.
Shooting broke out at Nipsey Hussle's funeral, leaving one dead and three injured.
His alleged killer, Eric Holder, is expected to go on trial in April.
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Florida-born rapper XXXTentacion was shot dead in June 2018, after an armed robbery turned violent.
His attackers stole a Louis Vuitton containing $50,000 (£38,855) belonging to the rising star, 20.
Police later arrested four suspects, who are currently awaiting trial.
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Back in 2006, the rapper Proof, who was a childhood friend of Eminem, was shot dead and died aged just 32.
The Detroit-born star was a member of the rap group D12 set up with Eminem, and was often a hype man for the rapper at his concerts.
On April 11, 2006, a fight broke out following a billiards game in Detroit, and Proof was shot dead.
He allegedly had shot a man, Keith Bender, in the head after drinking.
Bender died a week later from his injuries.
Eminem was left distraught by the death, and later referenced his slain friends in songs including You're Never Over on the album Recovery, as well as on Elevator from his 2009 album Relapse.
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In 2015, New York rapper Chinx was shot dead in a late-night drive-by shooting aged just 31.
Born Lionel Du Fon Pickens, he joined French Montana's Coke Boys Records.
Two men who were already in jail for other charges were later rearrested and are awaiting trial in connection with the murder.
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Rapper Smoke Dawg once collaborated with Canadian superstar Drake.
The 21-year-old, born Jahvante Smart, was seen as a rising star in the world of hip hop.
But in July 2018, Smoke Dawg was murdered in Toronto in a shooting outside the nightclub Cube.
Drake later shared a video of himself on stage with his fellow Toronto rapper on his Instagram.
A month before Smoke Dawg's death, Pittsburgh-born rapper Jimmy Wopo was murdered in a drive-by shooting in his birth city in June 2018, the latest in a string of killings that year.
The former collaborator with Wiz Khalifa was killed, leaving behind three young children.
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In 2013, teenage prodigy Lil Snupe was murdered at an apartment in the small town of Winnfield, Louisiana.
The Meek Mill protege was killed and a 36-year-old man later handed himself in for the 18-year-old's murder.
Tony Holden said he shot and killed the teenager after the pair got into a row over video games.
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That same year, up-and-coming rapper L'A Capone was killed, aged just 17.
The teenager – who was friends with fellow rapper Lil Durk, was shot and killed as he walked through an alleyway in South Shore, Chicago.
Reports said that he had turned 17 just a week before his death and that his mother's homemade birthday cake was still on the side when police went to his house.
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In 2016, rapper Bankroll Fresh was shot and killed after a row with his childhood friend No Plug.
He died at a hospital in Atlanta aged 28.
Rappers Post Malone and 2 Chainz later released a collaboration track Money Made Me Do It paying tribute to the slain star.
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