Canadian news outlet CP24 reported that three people were shot outside of a Toronto nightclub on Saturday night. The shooting occurred outside of Cube Nightclub. Two people are in the hospital for their injuries, and the third victim, who has since been identified as the young rapper Smoke Dawg, died of his injuries.
Smoke Dawg was 21 years old and was known as one of the rising stars from the Toronto rap scene. He opened for Drake's 2016 Boy Meets World tour, and had hit songs like "Still" and "Fountain Freestyle." Drake posted to his Instagram story about Smoke Dawg's death, writing "All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating."I wish peace would wash over our city. So much talent and so many stories we never get to see play out. Rest up Smoke."
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Updated at 8:45 p.m. on 7/1
Representatives from Smoke Dawg responded to The FADER's request for comment, sharing when a memorial will be held for the late rapper.
"Jahvante Smart, also known to many of his fans as Smoke Dawg passed away on the evening of June 30th, 2018. He was 21 years old. Jahvante touched the lives of many fans not only in Toronto but around the world.
Music was able to let him travel the world and chase his dream of becoming a superstar.
He leaves behind a 1-year-old daughter, his parents, 13 siblings, friends and all of the fans his music touched.
As a young man from Regent Park, he overcame poverty and grew into a responsible caring grown man who took care of his friends and family. He helped people wherever he could and will be remembered for his huge smile and glowing personality.
A candlelight vigil will be held Monday, July 2nd at 830 pm in Toronto at the Metropolitan Church park at Queen Street East & Church street. Please bring flowers, candles and posters. Everyone is welcome."
Drake via his IG story. RIP Smoke Dawg 💔 pic.twitter.com/xRnKVZzncX— Drake Direct (@DrakeDirect_) July 1, 2018