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King Von, a young Chicago rapper, was shot and died in a fight outside an Atlanta nightclub early on November 6th. He was 26.
Empire’s creator, Ghazi Shami, posted a message on Instagram confirming Von’s passing, saying, “I woke up to some very horrible news this morning — my heart is heavy. Another young rising star has gone too soon. I pray for your family Lil bro. May God rest your soul. We were only starting out. There must be a better solution. Too much pointless violence is present. This needs to end. God be with us.
The statement from Empire read: “We are devastated by the untimely passing of King Von. He was a loving parent and community member who had a remarkable gift that had only begun to touch the surface of his limitless potential. As a young man, Von faced tremendously difficult challenges, yet he never lost sight of what it meant to give back to and better his neighborhood, O’Block. We count ourselves fortunate to have seen his development and evolution, but we also know that he has so much more to offer the world. The Empire family extends its sympathies to the player’s family, friends, teammates, and supporters during this extremely trying time.
According to the Atlanta Police Department, the shooting was fired shortly after an argument between two groups of males broke out outside of a hookah establishment at around 3:20 a.m. When the group approached, further shots were fired. At the time, two off-duty police officers were working security at the bar; one of them, along with an APD officer who was on duty and on patrol nearby, challenged the group. Three of the incident’s protagonists died as a result of gunshot wounds, while three more are receiving medical attention at nearby hospitals.
King Von, a young Chicago rapper, was shot and died at the age of 26 following an alleged argument outside an Atlanta nightclub.
Dayvon Bennett, also known as King Von, was reportedly shot and died during this morning’s shootout, the APD continued. In response to claims that Bennett was killed by APD officers, they also addressed the issue, stating: “At this time, our detectives believe Mr. Bennett was shot during the original shootout between the two groups of boys, prior to police responding and attempting to halt the shooting. In addition, Mr. Bennett wasn’t found there; instead, he drove himself to the hospital immediately after the incident.
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The Georgia Bureau of Inquiry is also participating in the investigation because police officers were involved, which is still ongoing. The APD reported that two people who were held at the scene will likely face charges and that additional charges will probably be brought as the investigation progresses.=
The hip-hop community instantly paid respect to Bennett after he passed away. Chance the Rapper, a fellow Chicagoan, tweeted: “Wow. This year was really difficult. God bless him and his family, and RIP, Von. I can’t believe it. Posting tributes were YG, Desiigner, and Cordae as well.
Lil Durk, a Chicago MC who signed King Von to his label and issued his debut single, “Crazy Story,” in 2018, was a childhood buddy of Bennett’s. Soon after signing a contract with Empire, King Von dropped his debut mixtape, Grandson Vol. 1, in 2019. It included an equally popular follow-up to “Crazy Story,” with Lil Durk. j
Bennett quickly became an undisputed streaming favorite and was set up for a breakthrough year in 2020. Levon James, his second mixtape, was released in March and peaked at number 81 on Rolling Stone’s list of the top 200 albums. His final mixtape, Welcome to O’Block, was just released on Friday, October 30th, and it is presently ranked number 34 on the RS200’s daily chart rankings. Bennett is presently ranked number 25 on the Artists 500 list and has amassed around 575 million audio and video streams to date, according to data from Alpha Data.