American rapper and songwriter Bashar Barakah Jackson (a.k.a Pop Smoke) was reportedly killed on Wednesday. Reports in the US confirmed that the 20-year-old was killed in a home invasion at Hollywood Hills, California. The law officials believe two to six men allegedly broke into Pop Smoke's house, after which four gunshots were heard by those nearby. Jackson was reportedly found with gunshot wounds and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.
According to reports in the US, two to six men broke into his residence in West Hollywood on February 19. Los Angeles Police confirmed that they received a call for a home invasion around 5:00 AM PST. The officials found Pop Smoke fatally wounded and quickly transported him to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was later pronounced dead. LAPD captain Steve Lurie stated to CNN that several suspects were detained. However, no arrests were made at the time of writing.
The Brooklyn-born rapper came into the limelight after the success of his debut mixtape 'Meet the Woo'. His trap-influenced track 'Welcome to the Party' was a major hit with over 24 million views on YouTube. 'Meet the Woo' rose up to 173rd in the Billboard 200 album charts. Smoke collaborated with fellow rappers Quavo, Travis Scott, H.E.R., A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and Chris Brown. Pop Smoke's second album 'Meet the Woo 2' released last week and was at No. 7 in Billboard 200.
With the world mourning the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, Pop Smoke's sudden death has sent shock waves across the country. Ever since the news broke out, social media has flooded with tributes for the young rapper, who was just enjoying the success of his second mixtape.
Several NBA stars followed suit and took to Twitter to express their disbelief over Pop Smoke's sudden death. Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns was one of the first to pay tribute to the 20-year-old. Charlotte Hornets' Miles Bridges, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, Memphis Grizzlies star Jaren Jackson Jr. were some of the NBA stars who followed Karl-Anthony-Towns in paying homage to Pop Smoke.
RIP POP SMOKE— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) February 19, 2020
RIP POP SMOKE— JJJ (@jarenjacksonjr) February 19, 2020
CMON MAN!!!! HE WAS ONLY 20😭😭😭 RIP POP SMOKE!!!— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) February 19, 2020
Naw not Pop Smoke 😳— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) February 19, 2020
RIP Pop Smoke... wow. Life is too short— Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) February 19, 2020
RIP POP SMOKE!— Bobby BP Portis (@BPortistime) February 19, 2020