Rapper Young Dolph Shot Dead In Memphis Bakery
US rapper Young Dolph was shot dead in drive-by shooting at a local bakery in Memphis.
Officials have confirmed that the 36-year-old rapper was killed at a bakery in his hometown of Memphis on Wednesday.
Real name Adolph Robert Thornton Jr, Young Dolph released his debut album in 2016 and racked up millions of video views on YouTube.
Memphis mayor Jim Strickland confirmed the news of Young Dolph’s death. “The tragic shooting death of rap artist Young Dolph serves as another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings with it,” he said.
Media reports on his death reveal that the artist was fatally shot during a Wednesday visit to Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies shop near the city’s airport just before 13:00 local time (19:00 GMT).
His cousin speaking to The Daily Mail Memphian said the rapper had been visiting his sick aunt and was also set to hand out Thanksgiving turkeys, something he did every year.
In an official statement released by the rapper’s agency APA agency, the company said it was “shocked and deeply saddened” at the star’s death.
“The world has lost an icon, a great man and beloved artist who has been taken too soon. His dedication, drive, hard work and loyalty to all those around him always came first and he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this most difficult time,” the statement reads.
Young Dolph had been a target of shootings in the past. The rapper revealed in February 2017 that his vehicle had been shot at many times in Charlotte. In September, he was also injured in a shooting in Los Angeles.
Several celebrities in the US have paid tribute to Young Dolph, including Rick Ross, Megan Thee Stallion and Chance The Rapper have paid tribute to the star.