On Saturday, the career hopes of rapper Jonathan Hernandez, 32, came crashing down when a freak accident ended his life. The Florida man was allegedly trying to break into a Lehigh Acres, Florida home to burglarize it when the window came crashing down on his neck, killing him. The rapper had “climbed into the window of the home” when the window collapsed and trapped his neck, killing him quickly, according to a report from Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Hernandez leaves behind five children following the freak accident. He was scaling the wall of the home and trying to break into the property through the window when it collapsed and killed him. His body was left dangling from the window down the side of the home.
When deputies arrived at the scene of the accident, Hernandez was already dead. They found his body hanging from the window where it had shut on his neck, trapping him in place and putting an end to his life. He was just about five and a half feet from the ground but had no way of escaping the collapsed window.
Fans of the rapper knew him by his stage name Taz UFO or UFO. His career was beginning to blossom, and he had several videos on YouTube where fans would watch him perform his raps.
According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, Hernandez was a usual suspect. He had several run-ins with the law and a rather lengthy rap sheet. His previous arrests were for theft and larceny. He was also charged with driving a vehicle without a valid license.
In addition to these non-violent crimes, he was questioned as part of a 2014 murder investigation. However, there are no details provided about this, and he was never charged in that case.
Although he might have resorted to crime at times, those close to the Florida rapper said he was a kind person.
“When I first met him, I was like, ‘Man he looks like he has a rap sheet like El Chapo,’” his fiancée, Patricia Duarte, told WBBH-TV. “And he’s the complete opposite of that. He’s the sweetest person you’d probably ever meet and has the biggest heart.”
A friend of the deceased rapper, Tyson Lane, will remember him as a generous person who was outgoing and friendly.
“He liked to have a good time,” Lane said. “When he walked into the room, his smile just bright up everybody. And he just gets along with everybody.”
Lane does not trust the sheriff’s assumption that Hernandez died in the middle of a burglary.
“‘He is not a burglar. He’s not a thief. He’s not a bad guy. That’s not what he is,” Lane said. “If he had a roof over his head and you didn’t, he would give you a roof over your head, bring you in his household. That’s something that he did for a lot of people, including myself.”
His fiancée, Duarte, also doubts that Hernandez was committing a burglary when he died.
“I just need something to be done the right way. I need a proper investigation,” she begged. “I need the actual truth to come to light.”
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