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Pop Smoke’s Family Releases Statement On His Death, Thank Fans

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Rapper Pop Smoke, 20, is shot and killed by up to six masked robbers who break into Hollywood Hills home at 4:30am Pop Smoke’s family has released a formal statement on his death, thanking fans for their support.

It has become something like a nightmare for fans to know that rapper Pop Smoke, born Bashar Barakah Jackson, was gunned down inside his home in California on February 19. Naturally, his death has been a very hard pill to swallow for many persons in the industry but an even harder task for the members of his family. The Jackson family had remained silent since the tragic incident, but they’re now breaking their silence in their first public statement, with what seems to be a warning to the media.

They first showed their appreciation for the love and support that has been pouring out on social media for the rapper. “The family of Bashar’ Pop Smoke’ Jackson would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone for your support. Every prayer, call, and act of kindness is deeply appreciated as we mourn the loss of our son, brother, and friend,” penned the Jacksons.

The statement also touched on the rapper’s rise to fame, ultimately how he became Pop Smoke and how much of a role the city of Brooklyn paid in shaping his career, “Brooklyn knew him as Bashar. He was educated and nurtured in Brooklyn and his rise to fame all developed from the place he proudly represented. Within the last year, his extraordinary gifts were revealed to the world; introducing Pop Smoke.”

The final few lines of the statement seemed to take aim at media houses which have been running factless stories surrounding the incident. “Unfortunately there are no public details available regarding the murder of our loved one. We ask for respect and responsible reporting during this critical time. Thank you for respecting our family and the legacy of Bashar during this time,” concluded the Jackon family statement.

While no specific media house has been listed, TMZ recently posted that Smoke’s family took a trip to LA to conduct their own investigations shortly after finding out he had been shot. The outlet reported that the family interrogated friends and witnesses, and even asked to view the surveillance footage, in a bid to get some much-needed answers.

The Califonia Police are still investigating his death in order to ascertain if it was a targeted hit or a matter of a robbery gone bad. Smoke accidentally released his current address while showing off a few gifts on social media, only hours before his death. Some persons are convinced that this could have been the reason behind the attack. However, the police are reported still exploring other motives. So far, no arrests have been made in relation to the incident.


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 PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 15: Rapper Pop Smoke, wearing a blue Off-White coat, is seen outside the Off-White show during the Paris Fashion Week - Menswear F/W 2020-2021 on January 15, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images)

Rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed in what now appears to be a targeted attack and not a home invasion according to sources claiming to have seen surveillance video.

TMZ reports that surveillance video, which has not been released to the public, shows four men approaching the Hollywood Hills house around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, and walking around to the back of the house. Several minutes later, three of the four men are seen on video returning to the front of the house while the fourth man “apparently walked in the backdoor,” according to TMZ. When the fourth man is spotted again, he is allegedly exiting out of the front door.

TMZ cites “sources” who go on to say multiple shots were fired killing Pop Smoke whose real name was Bashar Barakah Jackson. The sources say the video doesn’t back up claims that the hit was robbery-related because “the person inside the house—presumably the shooter—did not carry anything out.”

TMZ claims its sources viewed the surveillance footage “from outside” the home. Police are still investigating the crime and haven’t released the names of any suspects.

Earlier in February, Pop Smoke released Meet the Woo Vol. 2. Last summer, his song “Welcome to the Party,” became a hit and was remixed by Nicki Minaj. The rapper also put out “Gatti,” with Travis Scott.

Republic Records, Pop Smoke’s record label, released a statement yesterday on the tragedy.

“We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of Pop Smoke. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans, as we mourn this loss together,” the statement read.

Rappers 50 Cent and Nicki Minaj also paid tribute to the 20-year-old on Instagram.

“No such thing as success without jealousy, treachery comes from those who are close. R.i.P,” 50 Cent posted on Instagram.

“The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop,” Minaj posted on IG.

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Rapper Pop Smoke, 20, is shot and killed after two masked robbers break into Hollywood Hills home at 4:30amRapper Pop Smoke, 20, shot dead in 'home invasion robbery'

1:20 PM PT -- The friend who was hanging with Pop Smoke and photographed with him hours before he was killed, Mike Dee, has spoken out about the tragedy ... saying nothing can express the pain he's feeling, and addressing unfounded speculation about what happened.

Mike says ... "I just lost my f***ing brother, my heart my dawgz. You guys have no type of sense or sympathy! Yall don't kno whats going on yall come on here playing investigator and bashing me on the internet, I would never in my life set my brother up."

He concludes with a message for Pop, saying ... "Just kno I got you forever brother the truth will come to light until then sleep in peace."

9:41 AM PT -- Sources familiar with the surveillance video tell TMZ ... the video shows at least 4 masked men with hoodies making their way into the house just 10 minutes after people inside the house deadbolted the front doors shut. We're told they did not turn the house alarm on, which made it easier for the home invaders to get inside.

And, there's this ... Pop Smoke posted the address of the home earlier in the day. He was showing off gift bags he had received and one had the home's address. As for why he was getting gift bags ... his mix tape hit #7 on the Billboard 200 chart Tuesday.

8:03 AM PT -- Just hours before he was gunned down, Pop Smoke mugged with a pal in a car -- the friend holding a fortune in bills -- in the driveway of the home where he was shot.

7:32 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell us there was a party or gathering at the house prior to the shooting.  It's unclear what motive the shooters had in showing up at the house.

7:08 AM PT -- Nicki Minaj just posted a message about his death ... "The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest in Peace, Pop."

6:56 AM PT -- The home is owned by 'RHOBH' star Teddi Mellencamp and her husband, Edwin Arroyave, who owns several homes in Los Angeles. It's possible Pop Smoke was renting the property.

Pop Smoke, an up-and-coming rapper, was shot and killed Wednesday morning in what appears to be a home invasion robbery ... TMZ has learned.

The rapper was at a home in the Hollywood Hills at around 4:30 AM when 2 men wearing hoodies and masks broke into a house ... this according to law enforcement sources. We're told the 2 men fired multiple shots, striking and critically wounding Pop Smoke. The men were seen fleeing on foot.

Pop Smoke was rushed by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood where he was pronounced dead.

The suspects have not been caught and as far as we know they have not been identified.  It's unclear if Pop Smoke knew the shooters. One man was placed in handcuffs but cops determined he was not involved and was released.

Pop Smoke released an album back in July and one of the songs, "Welcome to the Party," blew up ... it was considered by many the song of the summer. Nicki Minaj did a remix of the song a few months later. He also did a song, "Gatti," with Travis Scott.

Pop Smoke was 20.

RIP

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BREAKING: Rapper Pop Smoke, 20, is shot and killed during 'home invasion robbery' in

  • Pop Smoke was shot at a Hollywood Hills home at about 4.30am Wednesday
  • Two masked men broke into the home and opened fire on the rapper, TMZ said
  • He was transported to a hospital and later pronounced dead
  • The suspects are still at large and it is unclear if they've been identified by police 

Rapper Pop Smoke was shot dead in an apparent home invasion robbery early Wednesday morning, officials say. 

The 20-year-old artist, whose real name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was at a party at a home in Hollywood Hills when two men wearing hoods and masks broke in at around 4.30am local time, TMZ reported. 

The suspects fired multiple shots, at least one of which struck Pop Smoke and left him critically injured.  

The men then fled on foot and are still at large as of 7.45am. 

It is unclear whether they've been identified by authorities or what their motive may have been in the shooting. 

Rapper Pop Smoke was shot dead in an apparent home invasion robbery in Hollywood Hills early Wednesday morning, officials say

Rapper Pop Smoke was shot dead in an apparent home invasion robbery in Hollywood Hills early Wednesday morning, officials say

Two masked men broke into the home and opened fire on the rapper. Medics are seen carting him to an ambulance that transported him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead

Two masked men broke into the home and opened fire on the rapper. Medics are seen carting him to an ambulance that transported him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead 

Paramedics treat Pop Smoke after he was shot in home invasion

First responders with the Los Angeles Fire Department were filmed rolling Pop Smoke out of the home on a stretcher. 

He was transported by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, where he was pronounced dead.   

One man was taken into custody immediately after the shooting but he was released after police determined he was not involved.     

Pop Smoke, a rising star on the rap scene, released his debut mixtape Meet the Woo last summer. The lead single on that album, Welcome to the Party, reached number five on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and was remixed by Nicki Minaj. 

He also featured on the hit song Gatti with JackBoys and Travis Scott.  

Minutes after news of the shooting broke, Minaj posted a photo of Pop Smoke on Instagram, writing: 'The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest in Peace, Pop.' 

The cryptic caption suggests Pop Smoke may have known the suspects - but law enforcement sources have not said if they think there is a connection.    

Pop Smoke, a rising star on the rap scene, released his debut mixtape Meet the Woo last July

Pop Smoke, a rising star on the rap scene, released his debut mixtape Meet the Woo last July

Minutes after news of the shooting broke, Nicki Minaj posted a photo of Pop Smoke on Instagram, writing: ' The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest in Peace, Pop.' The cryptic caption suggests Pop Smoke may have known the suspects

Minutes after news of the shooting broke, Nicki Minaj posted a photo of Pop Smoke on Instagram, writing: ' The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest in Peace, Pop.' The cryptic caption suggests Pop Smoke may have known the suspects

The house where the attack took place is owned by actor and producer Edwin Arroyave, the husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp. 

Arroyave owns several homes in the Los Angeles area, and TMZ speculated that Pop Smoke may have been renting the property on Hercules Drive.  

This is a developing story.  

The house where the attack took place is owned by actor and producer Edwin Arroyave, the husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp (pictured together)
The house where the attack took place is owned by actor and producer Edwin Arroyave, the husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp (pictured together)

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Comment by mr1stroke on March 2, 2020 at 7:06am
Cee Gee lol how many times this had to said, but in reality its not we who has to stop killing, they have to stop, they meaning those who are out there making in their purpose to kill, i am not out here taking peoples life, im out here trying to get a solid mill, youre not out here killing, youre handling ypur business, so it is not we

Crime is a business, and slavery is big business, crimes are nit going down or stop in that community it will only get worse
Comment by Cee Gee on March 2, 2020 at 7:02am

We have to stop killing each other.  

Comment by BIIGMANN on February 25, 2020 at 3:21pm

Black killing Black

Cowards

Comment by caribmama on February 23, 2020 at 11:32am

DAMN......THEY SNUCK HIM! Don't know of him, but through friends my daughter knew him and she was upset for days. Live by the streets....die by the streets. Streets don't love you, but they want what you got. *DAPS* @ Mr1stroke!

Comment by Jessy on February 20, 2020 at 10:11pm

Never heard of him before!

Comment by rafael monzon on February 20, 2020 at 12:35pm

This may even be in retaliation to him borrowing some dudes car from Cali for a video shoot and not returning. According to reports he got arrested when dude had to claim theft on the car in which he allegedly switched the tags. Dude was from Cali and to my knowledge I didn't follow up on the resolve of that issue but it could have been steming from that. I don't know for sure but this wasn't that long ago so who knows

Comment by mr1stroke on February 20, 2020 at 3:27am
You can help these idiots nor feel sorry for them, these negros wont go online and research or create new way of wealth, but they can be on social media doing nonsense, they still have the same old negro behavior' flashing money to other people, but dont know real people with money are not out there flashing cash to others, how dumb are you to flash cash and provide your address, the same broke negros you hang with will set you up, they so dumb they dont know even when you tag your pics the location is provided, get some self esteem stop trying to impress society and just may be you can live a little longer
Comment by Lu on February 19, 2020 at 8:25pm

You LIVE by the gun...YOU DIE by the gun...SMH

Guns don't kill people. PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE. THAT WAS A PAID HIT. NOT ROBBERY 

Comment by vaughn mitchell on February 19, 2020 at 3:06pm
Damn
Comment by vaughn mitchell on February 19, 2020 at 3:06pm
Damn I'm

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