Athletes mourn the shooting death of Memphis rapper Young Dolph

The sports world is mourning the loss of rapper Young Dolph, who was shot and killed at a Memphis bakery on Wednesday. He was 36 years old.

The Memphis-based rapper born Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr. had strong ties to the city and referenced it in the title of his 2016 studio debut "King of Memphis." 

According to Fox13, which first reported confirmation of his death citing law enforcement officials, Dolph walked inside Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies in South Memphis to buy cookies Wednesday afternoon. The store's owner Maurice Hill told the news station that his employees told him that someone approached the store in a car, got out and shot Dolph while he was inside.  

Memphis police confirmed on their Twitter account that a male victim died after a shooting at the scene and that there was no information available on a suspect.

Officers are on the scene of a shooting at 2370 Airways. One male victim was located and was pronounced dead. No suspect info is available at this time.
The victim will be identified once the next of kin notification has been completed.
Please call 901-528-CASH with tips.

— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) November 17, 2021

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland later released a statement confirming Dolph's death. 

“The tragic shooting death of rap artist Young Dolph serves as another reminder of the pain that violent crime brings with it,” Strickland's statement reads. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

Dolph was reportedly a regular at the bakery. Fox13's Dakarai Turner posted video of the rapper buying cookies and showing support for the business last week.

One week ago —-

Young Dolph at Makedas Cookies, showing love, promoting the place he stopped by often.

Today, he was shot and killed there. RIP Legend.

— Dakarai Turner (@Dakarai_Turner) November 17, 2021

Sports world mourns Young Dolph

Dolph's music is popular in the sports community, and athletes across U.S. sports leagues paid tribute to the late rapper who reportedly leaves behind his girlfriend Mia Jaye, a daughter and a son. 

Damn man RIP young dolph🙏🏾

— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) November 17, 2021

Jaren Jackson Jr said the Grizzlies were still processing the news on Young Dolph’s death as word got around.

“It’s just sad man. It’s always sad when something like that happens. He’s a mogul, someone you look up to for sure. Sad for his family and everybody that knew him.”

— Evan Barnes〽️ (@evan_b) November 17, 2021

Rip Dolph wow man

— Richaun Holmes (@Rich_Holmes22) November 17, 2021

Bruh nahhhhhhh not Dolph ..wait huh

— A'ja Wilson (@_ajawilson22) November 17, 2021

Dolph and myself was planning business moves together..literally just talked to Dolph…big hearted guy… God rest his soul 🙏🏿

— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 17, 2021

No need to hold it to myself we was doing some dope shit I know the world would have loved…

— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 17, 2021

Dolph news got me sick!!! Rest in Peace

— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) November 17, 2021


— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) November 17, 2021

I hope to God these rumors ain’t true about my friend, my brother and a man dear to my Sons @YoungDolph . Lord help us as a people stop the hate, the violence and the hopelessness. When we realize we matter others will as well. Lord help us right now. #CoachPrime

— COACH PRIME (@DeionSanders) November 17, 2021

Sad man…. Prayers up for his family. 🙏🏾

— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) November 17, 2021

Rest In Peace Young Dolph🙏🏽

— Cole Anthony (@The_ColeAnthony) November 17, 2021

The hate, violence and killings have got to stop

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) November 17, 2021

Cue tears

— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) November 17, 2021

Man this one hurt my heart man💔 #RipYoungDolph

— Rodger Saffold (@Rodger_Saffold) November 17, 2021

Rest In Peace Young Dolph

— Evan Turner (@thekidet) November 17, 2021

It’s krazy people can just take a persons life like it’s nothing. This world is scary

— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) November 17, 2021

Is it even worth it to be a rapper these days. Why do we hate each other so much.
Put these guns down TF down. Senseless killings in all these damn cities.
Hard to prosper when we eliminate our own people. Strength is in numbers and unity and we wonder why we’re behind #RIPdolph

— Jermon Bushrod (@j_bushrod7475) November 17, 2021

RIP Dolph! Smh 🙏🏾

— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) November 17, 2021

Danggg I’m fasho jammin Young Dolph all day today 🙏🏾

— Royce O'Neale (@BucketsONeale00) November 17, 2021

It be yo own city smh you do good they find reasons to hate you,you doing bad they find reasons to hate you when it’s gone stop?

— Anthony Dixon (@Boobie24Dixon) November 17, 2021

Bruh not Dolph

— Darius Miller (@DmillerKY) November 17, 2021

🐬 🐬🐬🐬🐬🐬🐬🐬🐬🐬

— Cameron Payne (@campayne) November 17, 2021

Danggg I’m fasho jammin Young Dolph all day today 🙏🏾

— Royce O'Neale (@BucketsONeale00) November 17, 2021

RIP Dolph. Prayers to his family.

— T.J. Ward (@BossWard43) November 17, 2021


— Mike Conley (@mconley11) November 17, 2021

Memphis WHY? Dolph!!

— Lardarius Webb (@LWebb21) November 17, 2021

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