American rapper Young Dolph has been shot and killed in a drive-by shooting at his hometown, Memphis.
According to TMZ, the shooting occurred on Wednesday (November 18), outside Makeda’s Cookies. The 36-year-old rapper was reportedly due to hand out turkeys as part of his annual Thanksgiving giveaway.
Memphis Police confirm that Young Dolph – whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr. – was pronounced dead at the scene.
Young Dolph has been the target of shooting in the past, with at least two previous attempts on his life. In 2017 he was shot multiple times in Hollywood, requiring surgery for his injuries. That same year he was targeted in his SUV, which was shot over 100 times and served as inspiration for his track 100 Shots.
Fellow members of the music industry were quick to pay tribute online.
“God bless Dolph,” wrote Chance The Rapper. “Real independent Memphis rapper born in Chicago. Loved by millions of ppl. Always showed love everytime I seen him this is tragic God bless his family man.”
God bless Dolph ? Real independent Memphis rapper born in chicago. loved by millions of ppl. Always showed love everytime I seen him this is tragic God bless his family man
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) November 17, 2021
“Rest In Peace Young Dolph,” tweeted Ari Lennox. “Praying for your family and friends.”
Rest In Peace Young Dolph ? praying for your family and friends.
— Ari Lennox (@AriLennox) November 17, 2021
— P (@qcm_p) November 17, 2021
“R.I.P. to my friend Dolph this broke my heart.” Posted Gucci Mane.
R. I.P. to my friend Dolph this broke my heart
— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) November 17, 2021
Rest in Peace, Young Dolph.