PnB Rock’s Autopsy Completed, Coroner Rules Death a Homicide

PnB Rock (Credit: Atlantic Records)

The body of slain rapper PnB Rock was released to his family, after the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner completed its autopsy report.

The coroner’s office issued its report over the weekend saying PnB Rock, real name Rakim Allen, was killed by gunshot wounds to the back and chest.

The 30-year-old rapper died in the hospital, the report said. His manner of death was ruled a homicide and the case has been closed.

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PnB Rock was fatally shot inside a Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles restaurant in South Los Angeles on Sept. 12.

The Philadelphia rapper was having lunch with his girlfriend when a suspect approached him and demanded he hand over his jewelry and other valuables. Moments later, the suspect opened fire and shot the hip-hop star multiple times.

The gunman fled in a getaway car. LAPD investigators are combing through surveillance footage from inside the restaurant and nearby businesses to identify the assailant.

On Tuesday, LAPD Chief Michel Moore told a police commission meeting the suspect likely learned the rapper’s location from a geo-tagged Instagram post.

PnB Rock “was with his family — with his girlfriend or some kind of friend of his — and as they’re there, enjoying a simple meal, [he] was brutally attacked by an individual who apparently [came] to the location after a social media posting,” Moore said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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The rapper’s girlfriend shared a photo of their lunch and tagged him on her Instagram Story shortly before the shooting. The post was later deleted.

The “Fleek” rapper was born in Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 1991. He was living in Los Angeles at the time of his death.

Just over a week before his death, he did an interview for the Sept. 2 episode of the “Off the Record with DJ Akademiks” podcast. PnB Rock talked about crime in Los Angeles, and said thieves previously targeted him on Fairfax Avenue “mid-pandemic.”

“Where I’m from, we like sneaky criminals,” PnB Rock said. “L.A. is like, they bold.”

He added that rappers are frequently robbed, but it’s often kept quiet.

‘Ni–as be getting their sh-t took,” he said. “I never got robbed, ever in my life. I ain’t gonna say never because I don’t like saying never. I’m not superstitious, but I haven’t been robbed.”

PnB Rock was asked his favorite city. He replied Los Angeles, and said he tried to avoid “gangster sh-t.”

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