The rapper Young Dolph, popular in the hip-hop community in Memphis, Tennessee, has died from a shooting at his apartment. He was 36.
The rapper’s manager, Anthony Moss, told Billboard.com that Dolph died in custody at a Memphis hospital. The rapper’s own Twitter and Instagram accounts were littered with posts that referenced the shooting as he was being held for questioning by police.
Dolph (@BIRDNJDolph) RIPNIGA 💔😜 You will forever live as a big brother in my heart and in all my memory.😿
Moss, who also manages Young Dolph’s sister, said: “He was at my friend’s house and somebody shot him. He went to the hospital and never woke up. I don’t know what happened, but the cop I talked to said he was shot multiple times. He didn’t pull the trigger.”
Louis McCray, an officer for the Shelby County sheriff’s office, told Billboard: “We received a call of a gunshot wound at approximately 12.40am. Officers responded to the residence and found a person who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body.”
Detectives spent Thursday afternoon trying to track down the person who carried out the shooting and detain the suspect.
Several members of Memphis’s hip-hop community took to social media to mourn Dolph, whose official Twitter and Instagram accounts remain active.
Lil Dolph (@LilDolph) this is truly going to hurt !!! this was a great life! We was supposed to do so much more!!!! I am so so sad! I can’t believe this 😩 I loved you so much! we were brothers!!!!!!!! — Yung Dolph (@TheRealLBolo) October 4, 2018
In 2008, rapper Ice T wrote and produced the song Dolph Called Me, about Dolph wanting to marry his step-sister, with the ballad Crying featuring R. Kelly and Lil Wayne released later.
Lil Wayne tweeted on Thursday: “Words cannot express what Young Dolph meant to this world! Just too f***ing funny!”
The rapper last week sued Cash Money Records for $10m alleging that he was left in the dark and his fair-trade clothing label broke by the label, whose recent accounts have been called into question.