Young Dolph, popular Memphis-based rapper, dead at 36

He was reportedly a rapper, whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr. , buys cookies at Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies in Memphis when someone drove by and shot him.

“This shooting is yet another example of senseless gun violence that we are witnessing both locally and nationwide,” Davis said. “Our thoughts are with the Thornton family and all those affected by this horrific act of violence.”

There is no suspicious information available at this time, according to Davies. She added that it was too early to know the motive behind the killing.

Memphis leaders have called for a citywide curfew

As the investigation continues, police have encouraged the citizens of Memphis to remain calm.

“Tonight we strongly encourage everyone to stay home if you don’t have to go out,” Davis said at a news conference on Wednesday. We also strongly encourage everyone to remain calm while we actively conduct our investigations.”

The commander said the Memphis Police Department is providing an increased presence in areas of the city that may be directly affected by the shooting. This includes any site that may be linked to Young Dolph and anyone who has a connection or that police believe might have a connection with, according to Davies.

Makeda's shooting scene  s Homemade Butter Cookies in South Memphis on November 17, 2021

Davis said investigators are still talking to witnesses and checking security and surveillance cameras in the area.

“We are committed to working with the community to stop senseless murders,” Davis said. “We are also committed to bringing to justice those responsible for today’s shooting and others.”

Several local leaders have called for a citywide curfew in the event of retaliation, and Davis said police are reaching out to city officials and will assess the situation.

“This does not mean that we will not have a curfew at some point. But for the time being, we believe that the deployment of our officers in the specific areas that have been severely affected will be a sufficient presence tonight,” she said. She said.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland tweeted Young Dolph’s death “is another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Celebrities react to Young Dolph’s death

“All of us at APA are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of our dear friend and client, Young Dolph,” a management company representative said in a statement to Variety. “The world has lost an icon, a great man and a beloved artist captured early. His dedication, drive, hard work and loyalty to all around him has always come first and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time.”

CNN has reached out to APA representatives for comment.

Young Dolph, left, during the 2017 BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 24, 2017

Young Dolph, a Chicago native who grew up in Memphis, released his debut album, “King of Memphis” in 2016. He has had several hit songs, including “Blue Diamonds” and “RNB” featuring Megan Thee Stallion. His fifth studio album, 2020 “Rich Slave,” climbed to number five on the Billboard 200 chart.

In 2017, he was nearly killed in a Hollywood shooting. He spent weeks in the hospital after sustaining three gunshot wounds.

“I have been targeted since I was 17, 18 and 19 years old,” Young Dolph told the Guardian about the incident in a 2018 interview. “I just knew I was good.”

He added that he was not “a human being who lives in fear.”

Young Dolph on stage at Centennial Olympic Park on October 9, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia.

After the news of his death, Young Dolph was praised by fellow artists and fans.

“God bless this independent Dolph-born Memphis rapper. Loved by millions of people,” Chance the Rapper wrote on Twitter. “Always show love every time I see him, that’s tragic, God bless his family man.”

“RIP for my friend Dolph. This broke my heart,” Gucci Money wrote.

Young Dolph is survived by two children.


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