Rapper King Von passed away at the age of 26 after being killed in a shooting in Atlanta, according to close friends.
The American rapper has 2.3 million loyal fans on his Instagram account.
Gunshots outside Atlanta’s Monaco Hookah Lounge at 3 a.m. Friday between the two groups.
Shooting broke out in a parking lot.
DJ Akademiks said King Von’s manager was also present in the shooting but survived the shooting and is still in hospital.
Officers on duty swooped into the scene to help.
Two policemen were not injured in the shooting.
The rapper’s friends, DJ Akademiks and DJ On Da Beat, So Issa Banga went on social media to share the sad news.
DJ Akademiks tweeted: “I am very sad to have to confirm that King Von has passed away.
“I spoke to his manager who was lucky who survived the shot and is currently recovering in the hospital.
“However, Von’s manager confirmed that Von was shot and failed to pass. RIP King Von.”
DJ On Da Beat So Issa Banga wrote on Instagram: “My heart cannot grasp this. No man. Why you. Why man. Please FaceTime.
“Why do they have to take you away. I’ll see you again. This isn’t over yet. It’s far from over.
“We’re still just getting started. RIP my Bestfriend. The only one who listens to me every word from day one.
“We sat on FaceTime for hours writing songs together. Every bar has a meaning because every song is a part of our soul.
“Every moment has meaning and to develop intelligence, you make me feel like a real producer. I love you, buddy @kingvonfrmdao.”
Police confirmed gunshots were heard in the parking lot between the two groups.
“That physical conflict escalated into a gun talk with those groups,” Atlanta Deputy Chief Timothy Peek said of the incident.
“Two police officers working at that particular club or lounge, have noticed chaos and engaged in battle with some of the people involved.
“There was also a gun exchange with the police.”
King Von has just released their debut album Welcome to O’Block.
It has tunes with Moneybagg Yo, Dreezyand Lil Durk.
The album jumped to number 2 on the Apple Music album chart of all genres.
His position on the chart is second only to Ariana Grande.
Obviously a success, his album was the fifth largest streaming debut on Spotify.
Social media flooded social media as his friends reported his death.
In the middle of the sea of comments, one wrote: “This cannot be true about king von i love him”.
“Rip king von he’s my favorite youtuber.”
“I am myself, what I am not. See what I never was. Rip King Von.”