TikTok star Matima Miller has died, aged 19 (Pictures: TikTok / Instagram)
TikTok star Matima Miller has died, aged 19.
The social media star, who was known under his online names Babyface.s and Swavy, was the victim of a fatal shooting on Monday.
His family confirmed the news in a statement on his Instagram page, sharing a snap with fans.
‘On the behalf of our family, we would like to say thank you for the continued support and love for Matima Miller also known as Swavy or Babyface,’ the message began.
‘It is with great sadness that we announce Swavy’s passing on 07/05/2021. He was taken away from us due to a senseless act of gun violence.
‘Unfortunately, due to legality we are not able to provide much information on the events surrounding his passing. However, the family is working diligently to get justice for Swavy.
‘This is just the beginning, we will forever keep his name alive and continue his legacy! The impact he had on others remains unmatched ? out of respect for our family we ask that you please refrain from reporting false or unconfirmed information about Swavy.’
The message comes after Wilmington Police Department confirmed the sad news earlier today, with a spokesperson previously explaining that a ‘male gunshot victim’ was ‘transported to hospital’ where he ‘succumbed to his injuries’.
Following an earlier message from officials, it read: ‘The victim in this incident has been identified as Matima Miller.
‘This incident remains under investigation and further details will be released when possible.’
Anyone with information has been encouraged to get in touch with Wilmington Police Department.
Miller had amassed a huge following of more than 2.6million TikTok followers, thanks to his popular videos on the platform.
He also obtained more than 100million likes with the clips, and nearly 400k Instagram followers.
His latest TikTokvideo, shared one day ago, has received more than 5.4million views.
Fans flooded Miller’s videos with heartbreaking tributes, offering their condolences to the star.
‘The world is so crazy, someone can really be gone so quick,’ one commented.
‘RIP beautiful boy, you’ll be missed,’ another replied.
‘RIP bro we lost a legend,’ a follower shared, as a TikTok user penned: ‘Another brother gone…. Fly high.’
As a fan added: ‘RIP baby boy we will all miss you. You inspired a lot of us.’
Credit: Original article published here.