Story at a glance

  • Rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a home invasion in California.
  • The New York rapper had posted on social media just hours before of himself in Beverly Hills.
  • Celebrities including Chance the Rapper, 50 Cent and Nicki Minaj mourned his death on social media.

Less than 24 hours after rapper Pop Smoke shared a picture from a Hollywood Hills home on his Instagram Story, the rapper was found dead. 

The 20-year-old named Bashar Barakah Jackson was shot during a home invasion just before 5 a.m. on Feb. 19, Los Angeles Police told the LA Times. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

A rising New York rapper, Pop Smoke had posted videos and pictures on his Instagram story the day before, showing him getting a haircut and spending time in Beverly Hills. On Twitter, users alleged the rapper had shared his address in an Instagram live video.

Others mentioned a friend's Instagram post showing part of the house number behind the two. The post has since been deleted, and Mike Dee posted a series of photographs of him and Smoke with a caption responding to the allegations. 


The LA Times reported that property records show the house belongs to Teddi Mellencamp of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” and her husband, Edwin Arroyave. In a post on Instagram, Mellencamp said they learned of the shooting from the leasing and management company overseeing the home. 

“Foremost, we would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the family and loved ones affected by this tragic loss of life,” she wrote in a caption. “We aren’t aware of any of the details beyond what we’ve been told or seen reported on the news and at this time we would like to refrain from commenting further as we wish for the focus to remain on the law enforcement officers who are diligently doing their jobs.”

Pop Smoke, who was scheduled to go on tour next month, came up through the New York drill scene. His breakout single, "Welcome to the Party," was released in 2019 ahead of his debut mixtape, "Meet the Woo," which has 280 million streams globally. His second mixtape, "Meet the Woo 2,” dropped on Feb. 7 and featured established names like Quavo of Migos. 

Chance the Rapper, 50 Cent and Nicki Minaj were among the celebrities and fans to share their grief over his death on social media. 


On Instagram, artist Nicki Minaj wrote, "The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop."

Published on Feb 19, 2020