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Pop Smoke’s family to reportedly hold private gathering

The rapper was tragically killed on Wednesday (Feb. 19).

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The family of Pop Smoke will reportedly hold a private gathering for his loved ones and close friends on Sunday (Feb. 23) at a church in Brooklyn, TMZ reports. The site notes that the intimate event will be a “prayer” and a “grief service,” but not a memorial service or burial, which will be held at a later date.

The family is said to be handling some final details, according to sources close to the rapper’s family, and Pop Smoke will then been sent to New York.

The burgeoning rapper was fatally shot in Hollywood Hills, CA on Wednesday (Feb. 19) in what was reported to be a home invasion burglary. Law enforcement reported that men in masks and hoodies broke into the home at around 4:30 a.m. and fired multiple shots, hitting and critically injuring the rapper, TMZ reported.

Pop Smoke was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to be treated for the gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Republic Records, the label Pop Smoke was signed to, released a statement following his untimely passing. “We are devastated by the unexpected and tragic loss of @POPSMOKE10. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans, as we mourn this loss together,” the label tweeted from their official Twitter page.

Pop had recently released his Meet The Woo 2 album, which features appearances from Quavo, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Fivio Foreign, Lil Tjay and more.

The Brooklyn rapper’s streams have increased 392 percent since his passing. His catalog saw a nearly 400 percent increase in streaming on Feb. 19, according to a Billboard report. “Pop Smoke’s songs collected 24.7 million on-demand streams in the U.S. on Feb. 19, up 392% from 5 million streams on Feb. 18, according to initial reports to the tracking firm,” the outlet said.

Pop Smoke’s “Dior” record also garnered 5.2 million streams on Feb. 19, up 467% from the day before his untimely passing.

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