The family of Pop Smoke has shared their first statement in regards to the rapper’s recent passing. As they remembered him, the members also expressed their gratitude for the love and support they’ve received, along with requesting for “respect and responsible reporting” as they await for public details of the murder:
“The family of Bashar ‘Pop Smoke’ Jackson would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone for your support. Every prayer, call, and act of kindness is deeply appreciated as we mourn the loss of our son, brother and friend.
Brooklyn knew him as Bashar. He was educated and nurtured in Brooklyn and his rise to fame all developed from the place he proudly represented. Within the last year, his extraordinary giftedness was revealed to the world, introducing Pop Smoke.
Unfortunately, there are no public details available regarding the murder of our loved one. We ask for respect and responsible reporting during this critical time. Inaccurate reports only add unnecessary pain to a grieving family.”
Smoke was shot and killed in an alleged home invasion in Hollywood Hills in the early hours of February 19. Law enforcement officials are still looking for witnesses to the crime and are continuing their investigation to land on a motive. Smoke was 20 years old.
— HOT 97 (@HOT97) February 28, 2020
In case you missed it, Pop Smoke’s “Dior” earned the late rapper his first solo Billboard 100 entry.