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Chicago-based rapper Duke Acapela has died aged 25 after he was shot, his manager has confirmed.
His manager, of Kush Entertainment Records explained how they were supposed to be filming a music video, adding that he wants to be told that it is a "dream".
He wrote: "I can't take this pain… your sis told me you fought hard till ur last breath thank u for dat[sic]."
Duke Acapela's manager continued: I promise to God I'm gonna keep your name and music alive, I promise!"
The news comes shortly after rumours spread on Monday that the artist had been shot and killed, though this was denied by his management.
At the time, he said: "Hang in there gang keep breathing, need everyone to pray for Duke Acapela, he needs y'all right now."
As speculation of his death continued, his manager added: "Don't believe s**t he's still breathing let's keep praying."
The star is also known by the name 'Lil Duke' and is known for his tracks including Cold Hearted, Love Me and Broken.
Duke has over 12,000 subscribers on YouTube and 15,000 followers on Instagram, and posted his last photos four days ago, which fans have flooded with tributes.
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