Pop Smoke's family have broken their silence regarding the artist's tragic death last month. In an open letter, the family thanked everyone for their support and prayers.

"Every prayer, call, and act of kindness is deeply appreciated as we mourn the loss of our son, brother, and friend," the statement reads. "Brooklyn was the backdrop for all that Bashar loved. It's where he was raised, nurtured, and educated prior to the world being introduced to his immense talent."

It continues, "We ask for respect and privacy during these difficult times.” The family will also be launching a new foundation soon. Details TBC.

Read the statement in full below.

Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Barakah Jackson, was killed in his Hollywood Hills home on February 19. So far, the murder investigation has reportedly hit a roadblock due to reluctant or unreliable testimonies. You can read more about that here.

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