Rapper King Von has died aged 26 after being gunned down in an Atlanta shooting, according to pals.
The American rapper has a loyal following of 2.3million fans on his Instagram account.
Gunfire exploded outside Atlanta’s Monaco Hookah Lounge at 3am on Friday morning between two groups.
The shooting broke out in a car park.
Off-duty police officers swooped to the scene to help out.
The two cops were not injured in the shooting.
The rapper’s friends DJ Akademiks and DJ On Da Beat So Issa Banga took to social media to break the sad news.
DJ Akademiks tweeted: “It’s with great sadness that I have to confirm that King Von has passed away.
“I spoke with his manager who luckily has survived being shot and is currently recovering in the hospital.
“However, Von manager did confirm that Von was shot and did not make it. RIP King Von.”
DJ On Da Beat So Issa Banga wrote on Instagram : “My heart can’t take this. No bro. Why you. Why bro. Please just FaceTime me bro. Why they had to take you. Ima see you again this shit ain’t over. It’s far from over.
“We still just getting started. RIP my Bestfriend. The only nigga to listen to me word for word from day 1.
“We sat on FaceTime for hours making songs together. Every bar had a meaning snd every song was a part of our soul.
“Every moment meant something and to grow wit you made me feel like I was a real producer. I love you bro @kingvonfrmdao.”
Police confirmed the gunfire breaking out in the car park between two groups.
“That physical altercation escalated into an exchange of gunfire with those groups,” said Atlanta police Deputy Chief Timothy Peek of the incident.
“Two police officers who were working at that particular club, or lounge, noticed the altercation and engaged some of the people involved.
“There was an exchange of gunfire with police as well.”