Rapper Pop Smoke Killed in Home Invasion Robbery

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Rapper Pop Smoke Killed in Home Invasion Robbery

Pop Smoke was fatally shot during what is believed to be a home invasion robbery early Wednesday, according to TMZ. He was 20 years old.

Pop Smoke, born Bashar Barakah Jackson, was at a residence in the Hollywood Hills area when, around 4:30 a.m., two men are said to have broken into the home. According to law enforcement sources cited in the report, the men "fired multiple shots," ultimately "critically wounding" Pop Smoke. He was then rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

At the time of this writing, the suspects are reported as having left the scene on foot. They have not been identified. In an update shared later Wednesday, TMZ clarified that the home in question was owned by Edwin Arroyave, husband of Teddi Mellencamp. Arroyave owns several properties in the Los Angeles area.

TMZ also reported that a "party or gathering" had occurred at the house prior to the break-in.

Pop Smoke, whose 2019 single "Welcome to the Party" became a viral hit and saw remixes from Skepta and Nicki Minaj, released the deluxe edition of his Meet the Woo Vol. 2 project earlier this month featuring Gunna, Nav, and PnB Rock. He also appeared on Travis Scott's 2019 JACKBOYS comp cut "Gatti."

Next month, Pop Smoke was scheduled to head out on the Meet the Woo Tour starting March 2 in Washington, D.C.


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