Rappers mourn The Jacka after fatal Oakland shooting

Courtesy photoThe Jacka's biggest hits was "Tear Gas

Bay Area rapper The Jacka was fatally shot in East Oakland on Monday night, and police were still investigating Tuesday.

KPIX (Ch. 5) reported that The Jacka, aka Dominic Newton, was shot and killed at 8:15 p.m. Monday in East Oakland. Police were investigating the 37-year-old's slaying but had not identified any suspects or made any arrests by Tuesday evening.

Newton gained fame in the 1990s as part of the Mob Figaz collective before breaking out as a solo artist, according to RollingStone.com. Over the past two decades he released dozens of albums and scored his biggest hit with “Tear Gas,” which reached No. 12 on Billboard's R&B chart in 2009.

The collaboration list for Newton, a native of Pittsburg, is a who's who of Bay Area hip-hop: E-40, Keak da Sneak, Andre Nickatina and others.

Former collaborators were quick to pay tribute on Twitter.

“O Allah, forgive him and have mercy on him and give him strength and pardon him. Be generous to him,” tweeted Philadelphia rapper Freeway, who had recently collaborated with Newton on the album “Highway Robbery” and shared his Muslim faith.

“R.I.P the jacka, had a chance to meet the homie cpl times & build with him & record some joints,” tweeted Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan. “My condolences to his family & friends.”


New details have emerged in the court fight between Robin Williams' children and his widow over the late comedian's estate.

In papers filed in December in San Francisco Superior Court, Williams' wife, Susan, says some of his personal items were taken without her permission and asks the court to exclude the contents of the Tiburon home she shared with Williams from the jewelry, memorabilia and other items Williams said the children should have.

The children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody, counter that Susan Williams is “adding insult to a terrible injury” by trying to change the trust agreement and rob them of the late actor's clothing and other personal items.

The contents of the documents were first reported by The New York Times.

Williams died at his Tiburon home in August. The coroner ruled his death a suicide.


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