THE family of TikTok dancer Swavy said he was "taken away in a senseless act of gun violence" as they vow to fight for justice.
The social media star whose real name was Matima Miller, was 19 when he was gunned down on Monday.
He was renowned for posting comedy videos and boasted around 98million likes on social media.
His devastated 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 100 out of respect for our family we ask that you please refrain from reporting false or unconfirmed information about Swavy."
The family's post came 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."
In the last video before his reported death, Swavy could be seen dancing and smiling as he asked fans which picture of him was their favorite.
He was taken away from us due to a senseless act of gun violence. This is just the beginning, we will forever keep his name alive and continue his legacy.
"Out off [sic] all of my pictures which one would you say is your favorite?," an audio read, before 10 images of the influencer popped up on the screen.
The post, which was uploaded just one day ago, was quickly flooded with messages of condolences from fans and fellow creators.
One of the star's closest friends – Damaury Mikula – also confirmed in a YouTube video that Swavy, also known as "Babyface.S", had passed away.
As tears streamed down his eyes, the dancer's friend said: "He got shot and I just want to let you all know that I’m about to take over for that n*****. All he did was make videos bro. He is real as hell."
He was found with a gunshot wound and taken to hospital where he died, according to reports.
Fans have paid tribute to the TikTok star as they praised his videos.
One said: "He will always be in our hearts and in our TikTok's. Praying for his family.”
A friend, known as Destiny, posted on Instagram: "I love you sm to the moon and back. I just need a hug from you one more time."
Swavy had more than 2.3million followers on TikTok and had over 350,000 fans on Instagram.
Wilmington has seen 82 shootings so far this year, up from 73 recorded in July 2020.
Anyone with knowledge of the shooting is asked to contact Mackenzie Kirlin (302) 576-3653.
Alternatively, Delaware Crime Stoppers can be contacted at 800-TIP-3333 or delawarecrimestoppers.com.
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