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Rappers Who Died Young

Updated October 6, 2020 1.3m views47 items

Over the years, several successful rappers have perished before their time, due to murder, drug overdoses, natural causes, and a variety of other reasons. Some rappers were shot, while others perished from cancer and heart attacks.

Who is the best-known rapper who has left us? Which of these fallen lyrical poets had the greatest impact on today's top hip hop releases? Tupac Shakur tops our list. Tupac Shakur perished on September 13, 1996, at age 25, after being shot in Las Vegas a few days earlier. The infamous rapper death case remains unsolved to this day. The Notorious B.I.G., who many believe was involved with Tupac's demise, passed on March 9, 1997, at age 24, after being shot in an SUV. As with Pac, Biggie's case is also unsolved.

Bookmark this list for young rappers that died recently - as we'll keep updating the list - as well as memorable stars like Tupac and Biggie. It's always sad to see that a young rapper passed away. Pop Smoke and XXXTentacion were some of the youngest deceased rappers to be added to the list. Several famous rappers have perished after losing their battles with cancer. Adam Yauch, AKA MCA from the Beastie Boys, passed on May 4, 2012, at age 47, after succumbing to a cancerous parotid gland and lymph node. Guru, best known for being a part of the duo Gang Starr with DJ Premier, passed on April 19, 2010, at age 48, from cancer.  

Are you surprised that so many rappers have died? Pour one out for your homies.

  • Juice WRLD
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    Rapper Juice WRLD, popular for his chart-topping hit "Lucid Dreams," passed on December 8, 2019. The 21-year-old artist, whose real name is Jarad Anthony Higgins, reportedly suffered a seizure at Chicago's Midway Airport before being taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. 

    Juice WRLD rose to streaming stardom after finding success on SoundCloud. He was signed and debuted his album Goodbye & Good Riddance in May 2018, which went platinum. In the days prior to his passing, he was active on social media, telling his fans he'd be celebrating his birthday on December 2. 

    • Age: Dec. at 21 (1998-2019)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

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  • Mac Miller
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    Mac Miller passed on September 7, 2018 of an apparent drug overdose in his Los Angeles home.

    • Age: Dec. at 26 (1992-2018)
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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  • XXXTentacion
    Photo: Florida Dept. of Corrections / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Rapper XXXTentacion, born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot and killed on June 18, 2018. The 20-year-old rapper was shopping for motorcycles in South Florida when eyewitnesses claimed a gunman came up to his car and shot him. He "appeared lifeless with no pulse," and TMZ reported he was taken to the hospital as a Level 1 trauma patient.

    The Broward County Sheriff's Office later confirmed Onfroy was declared dead at a nearby hospital. 

    Onfroy made headlines in early 2018 for allegedly beating his pregnant girlfriend. His last album, ?, dropped in March 2018 and debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

    • Age: Dec. at 20 (1998-2018)
    • Birthplace: Plantation, Florida, USA

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  • Nipsey Hussle

    Nipsey Hussle
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    Nipsey Hussle was shot in front of his store, The Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles, on March 31, 2019.

    The rapper passed later that day from his injuries. He was 33.


    • Age: Dec. at 33 (1985-2019)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA


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