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American rapper who claimed to have survived 100 shots in 2017, shot dead

American rapper who claimed to have survived 100 shots in 2017, shot dead

American rapper Young Dolph is dead.  The popular Memphis artiste’s death was confirmed by Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn "CJ" Davis.

The 36-year-old rapper, whose real name was Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr was reportedly on the way to a well-known cookie shop, Makeda's Homemade Butter Cookies in Memphis when someone drove by and shot him. According to Sky News, Memphis Police said they had no information on the possible suspect in the shooting, but a search is underway.

TMZ reported that a vehicle pulled up after Dolph entered the shop, and fired through a front window, striking the rapper.

"This shooting is another example of the senseless gun violence we are experiencing locally and nationwide. Our hearts go out to the Thornton family and all who are affected by this horrific act of violence," Davis told CNN.

The rapper released his debut album King of Memphis in 2016, which peaked at number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The music fraternity mourned him as a talented and capable artiste whose musical capabilities were cut short from the world too soon.

“I am so sick right now, I am in disbelief! Praying for his family and friends,” wrote rapper Megan Thee Stallion. Rest in peace my friend a true legend Dolph,” Megan tweeted.

“Only person to ever pull up to the cave with a fleet of cars and made sure to shake every single person’s hand he met. Legendary artiste and person,” producer and songwriter Kenny Beats tweeted.

The rising star had over 4.5 million loyal followers on Instagram and over 800,000 on Twitter.In February 2017, the rapper said he was shot multiple times in Charlotte. In September that year, the rapper was shot severally in Los Angeles, surviving narrowly.

“He managed to get into a nearby shoe shop, while two of the other men ran away. Another man jumped into a gold-coloured car, which was later found abandoned at a nearby petrol station by police,” BBC reported about the Californian altercation between the rapper and three men.

The Guardian notes in their report on the rapper’s death that he often used his experiences to fuel his music.

“A beef with fellow Memphis rapper Yo Gotti devolved into a spray of bullets at Dolph’s SUV in Charlotte, North Carolina, before a club experience; Dolph turned the alleged incident into promotion for his album Bulletproof, featuring the song 100 Shots,” the report reads in part.

Its independent verification however revealed that the shots were not of that amount or magnitude. Charlotte police told the Guardian that they counted “no more than 50” bullets on the scene, and did not establish if Dolph was connected to the incident.

A hundred shots, a hundred shots/ How the *** you miss a whole hundred shots?/ You not welcome at my trap if you do not shop/Before you come through that back door you better knock,” the lyrics of his 2017 track 100 shots go.