Smoke Dawg Shot Dead in Toronto; Rapper Was 21
We have another tragedy from the world of music.
Two weeks after XXXTentacion was shot dead in Miami, another young rapper has also lost life in violent fashion.
According to Entertainment Tonight Canada, Smoke Dawg was murdered in Toronto this weekend, with graphic images of the artist’s corpse having allegedly made their way on to social media.
Out of respect for the dead, we are not going to share them here.
Smoke Dawg was only 21 years old.
On Saturday morning, a verified police account on Twitter confirmed that one male victim was pronounced dead in the entertainment district of this Canadian rapper.
But it stopped short of identifying the victim as Smoke Dawg.
However, local news outlet CP24 reports that three people – two men and a woman – were shot in broad daylight in the incident, which quickly devolved into chaos outside of the Cube Nightclub.
All three victimr were rushed to the hospital and one was later pronounced dead.
To be clear, once again, authorities have NOT yet confirmed the deceased to be Smoke Dawg.
Drake, though, paid tribute to his fellow Canadian artist via the above photo and message on his Instagram Story today.
“All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating,” the 31-year-old “God’s Plan” star wrote, adding:
“I wish peace would wash over our city.
“So much talent and so many stories we never get to see play out. Rest up Smoke.”
Smoke Dawg opened for Drake on the latter’s Boy Meets World European tour.
Elsewhere, an artist who goes by the name Mustafa the Poet also took to Twitter to pay his respects.
“The worst day of my life, I somehow keep finding a new worst,” he wrote adding, “Smokey is gone, may our prayers follow him to heaven.”
Police have said that the shooting took place just before 8 p.m. in the popular area outside Cube nightclub and that the “suspects may have fled in black SUV or white car.”
According to local news CP24, “gunfire erupted in broad daylight on one of the busiest streets in the city Saturday evening.”
Smoke Dawg, of Trinidadian, Jamaican and Somalian heritage, was part of an up and coming group of rappers called Halal Gang.
The rapper rose to success with hit track Still three years ago, and later collaborated with American hip hop artist French Montana and the UK’s Skepta.
May he rest in peace.