On Wednesday (Nov. 17), news that Young Dolph was killed during a drive-by shooting swept through social media.
According to FOX 13, the “Preach” rapper was fatally shot while purchasing cookies at Makeda’s Butter Cookies, which is located in Memphis, Tennessee. Maurice Hill, the owner of the shop, said someone drove up and shot Dolph while he was inside the bakery.
Dolph, whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., was well known in the Memphis community. He and his family operate a non-profit organization in the area called the Ida Mae Family Foundation. Every year, they hand out turkeys for Thanksgiving and distribute winter coats to those in need. The foundation also holds an annual youth conference and donates clothes to victims of domestic violence.
Since the news of his passing was confirmed, many celebrities took to social media to send their condolences and remember the Memphis emcee. “R.I.P. to my friend Dolph this broke my heart,” tweeted Gucci Mane.
Megan Thee Stallion took to Twitter to send her sympathies to her “RNB” collaborator. “I am sooo sick rn I am in disbelief!” she tweeted. “Praying for his family and friends! Rest In Peace to my friend a true legend dolph.”
Donovan Mitchell, point guard for the Utah Jazz, tweeted, “Damn man RIP young dolph.”
Rapper and producer Omen tweeted, “We losing too many Black men to poor health, racism, jail, etc. already. We gotta find a way to heal and not add to that with our own violence. Prayers for young dolph family and friends. RIP.”
The REVOLT team is sending our thoughts and prayers to Dolph’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.