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Huey, ‘Pop, Lock & Drop It’ rapper, dies at 32

Rapper Huey, best known for his song Pop, Lock & Drop It, has died at the age of 32.

Huey, whose real name is Lawrence Franks Jr., was killed in a shooting on Thursday night in St. Louis, Missouri, according to authorities.

The shooting happened just before 11 p.m. and according to police, Huey arrived at a local hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

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“The deceased is positively identified as Lawrence Franks Jr., 32 years of age, of the 1000 block of Spruce Street in St. Louis, Missouri 63102,” a spokesperson from the St. Louis County Police Department confirmed to Newsweek.

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Police said that a second male arrived at the Ferguson Police Department and was transported to a local hospital for treatment for a non-life-threatening injury.

Music executive William “Quayshaun” Carter, who previously worked with the rapper, told Pitchfork, “He was a good kid. He was raised on the streets and he chose to do something different.”

Carter continued, “He’d just started another business — he was getting into upscale clothing, and it was working out, and he was happy. His passing is a tragic loss to the hip-hop world. He was a part of hip-hop history.”

Huey released Pop, Lock & Drop It in 2006 and released his studio debut Notebook Paper in June 2007.

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Many fans took to Twitter to share tributes after news of Huey’s death spread.

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Huey is survived by his 13-year-old daughter.

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