Very sad news from the music world today as 19-year-old rapper Speaker Knockerz has been found dead at his home in South Carolina.
The rapper, whose birth name is Derek McAllister, was found on March 8 in his garage in Columbia, South Carolina, according to Billboard. The coroner said foul play is not suspected, and no sign of trauma has been found. Authorities are still awaiting the results of a toxicology test.
Speaker Knockerz appears to have been missing for two days or more before he was found. His mother reportedly wrote on Facebook that he was missing and had been last seen on March 6 in a black Camaro. "I pray that my son is ok," his mom reportedly wrote.
The rapper was unsigned but had amassed a major fanbase through his music videos, some of which had more than 3 million views. His longtime friend and collaborator, Zack Dillon, tweeted, "RIP my bro speaker knockerz man," adding, "i'll remember every laugh we ever had..."
His death is truly shocking, and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this very difficult time.
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