Hours after it was announced King Von passed away, his record label EMPIRE has issued a statement about the Chicago native.
“We are devastated by the untimely passing of King Von,” the statement began. “He was a loving father, dedicated member of his community and an amazing talent that just started to scratch the surface of his boundless potential. Von overcame incredibly challenging circumstances as a young man, but never lost sight of what it meant to give back and uplift his community - O’Block.”
King Von — most known for his 2018 song “Crazy Story”— began rapping in late 2017. The following year, his frequent collaborator Lil Durk signed him to the Only The Family label, and then he subsequently signed with EMPIRE. Under EMPIRE’s leadership, he gained notoriety with his mixtapes, Grandson, Vol. 1 (2019) and LeVon James (2020). His last project Welcome to O’Block — which happens to be his debut album — was released last month.
“We are fortunate to have witnessed his growth and evolution, but know he had so much more to give to the world,” the statement continued. “The EMPIRE family offers our condolences to his family, friends, team and fans during this very difficult time.”
King Von was tragically killed outside of an Atlanta club early Friday morning (Nov. 6). Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Timothy Peek confirmed officers were involved in the shooting.
“There was an incident where two groups of individuals got into a physical altercation. The physical altercation escalated into an exchange of gunfire with those groups,” Peek said. “Two police officers who were working at that particular club, or lounge, noticed the gunfire, the altercation and engaged some of the people involved. There was an exchange of gunfire with police as well.”
YG, Cordae, and Asian Doll — who was extremely close to the rapper — have since taken to social media to mourn the loss of the 26-year-old star.