US rapper Lil Yase has died at the age of 25 after being shot on Saturday morning.
The musician, real name Mark Antonyyo Alexander, was killed an hour and a half after leaving a recording studio in Marin County, close to San Francisco, California on Friday night.
Circumstances surrounding his death are unknown, but the incident has been described as being ‘suspicious’ as his body was found miles from where he was last seen.
TMZ reported that the rapper left the studio “on his own at one point around 11:30 or midnight, telling his buddies he’d be right back.”
The report stated that friends of Lil Yase learned an hour and a half later that he had been shot dead in the East Bay.
TMZ continued: “We’re told folks in Yase’s inner circle are dumbfounded – as he had no known enemies and had done nothing they can see leading to something like this.
“Our sources say Yase might’ve played tough in his music, but in reality … all he was really about was rapping, promoting his label (Highway 420 Productions) and labelmates, and gaming.
“That’s it … he had no beef with anyone anywhere.”
Hours before his death, Lil Yase had taken to social media to share photograph on Thanksgiving.
He posted a photo of himself standing on a staircase with a drink in hand and the caption: “If my n**** trippin den I’m trippin it’s up wit UNK #HappyThanksGivin.”
Tributes have poured in for the up-and-coming rapper after his death was announced.
One fan tweeted: “RIP Lil Yase. “Pull Up” with Drakeo was a genuine Bay to LA classic, one of the first to really set off the next wave of West Coast rap. Another tragedy in a year filled with little else.”
While another wrote: “RIP Lil Yase From the Block Too Alot… the whole album’s crazy, instant Bay classic for sure!”
A friend commented on the rapper’s Instagram, saying: “Rip yase we was talking last night Ionno what went wrong but I send mine.”
“Always showed love rest easy”, penned another.