Best-selling artist and Memphis, Tennessee native Adolph “Young Dolph” Robert Thorton Jr. was reportedly shot and killed earlier today.
Details regarding how the best-selling artist was killed remain unclear. However, FOX 13 in Memphis has reported that the shooting took place near Makeda’s Cookies on Airway Boulevard. Makeda’s Butter Cookies Owner Maurice Hill reportedly told the local news outlet that Young Dolph entered the store to buy cookies. Shortly thereafter, Hill says his employees saw someone drive up and shoot him.
The Memphis Police Department has also confirmed that a fatal shooting took place, but they did not publicly identify the victim.
“Officers are on the scene of a shooting at 2370 Airways. One male victim was located and was pronounced dead. No suspect info is available at this time. The victim will be identified once the next of kin notification has been completed,” the police department tweeted.
As news of the Memphis native’s death has become public, a number of other artists, media personalities and influential figures in Hip-Hop have taken to social media to mourn his passing.
“I am [so] sick [right now]. I am in disbelief! [I’m] praying for his family and friends! Rest in peace to my friend, a true legend, [Young] Dolph,” Megan Thee Stallion wrote.
“Rest in peace Young Dolph. I can’t believe this sh*t right now,” JPEGMAFIA added.
Local law enforcement have not identified a publicly identified a suspect. However, more details will be added to this report as they become available.