Reports confirm that 19-year-old aspiring rapper Speaker Knockerz was found dead in his South Carolina home on Thursday (March 6). Details surrounding the young emcee's death still remain a mystery, although he was considering "missing" at the time his lifeless body was discovered.
The Richland County Coroner's office recently confirmed Speaker Knockerz's passing (via Billboard.com). The rapper (real name, Derek McAllister) was found by authorities in his garage on Two Notch Road in Columbia, SC. Coroner Gary Watts does not suspect foul play, since an autopsy performed on Knockerz revealed no signs of trauma. Reports confirm that a toxicology test was distributed to determine if the rapper ingested any legal/illegal substances at the time of his death.
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The Richland County Sheriffs Department is still investigating the death, as details remain a mystery.
Apparently, Knockerz went missing just days before his death. His alleged biological mother Mesha Wilson posted a message on Facebook earlier this week, claiming he was last seen on the night of March 4 riding in a black Camaro:
"It's not like him not to communicate or come home for this long period of time. I pray that my son is ok."
Soon after news of the rapper's death hit the web, #RIPSpeakerKnockerz began trending on Twitter.
He was unsigned at the time of his death, but his music videos on YouTube averaged between 200,000 - 3 million + views.
RIP, Speaker Knockerz