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Florida rapper, 32, dies when window falls on his neck in freak accident


Jonathan Hernandez, 32, died while trying to burglarize home, investigators say Hernandez 'climbed into window of home' in Lehigh Acres, Florida, on Saturday But window collapsed on his neck, killing him, Lee County Sheriff's Office said Hernandez leaves behind a fiancee, Patricia Duarte, and their five children Duarte said her fiance was a rapper and performer who went by name 'Taz UFO' She denies he tried to burglarize home and is calling for a 'proper investigation

A budding rapper and father to five children died after a window of a home he was trying to burglarize collapsed onto his neck, leaving his body dangling outside of the house, according to sheriff’s deputies. Jonathan Hernandez, 32, was trying to burglarize a home in the southwestern Florida town of Lehigh Acres on Saturday when the fatal accident occurred, investigators said. As Hernandez scaled the wall of the home, he opened a window and was in the process of climbing through when it slammed down onto his neck, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.


By the time deputies arrived on the scene, Hernandez was dead, his right arm hanging at his side while his entire body was limp as his head was stuck in the window at a height of some 5.5ft off the ground. Hernandez was known to his friends and fans as 'Taz UFO' or 'UFO' and several rap videos in which he sings could be found on YouTube.


The sheriff’s office said that Hernandez has a lengthy history of run-ins with the law. A public records search indicates that Hernandez, who also went by the name Jonathan Hernandez-Zuluaga, has been booked on several occasions for theft and larceny as well as driving without a license Sheriff’s deputies also said that Hernandez was recently questioned as part of a 2014 murder case. No details were provided. Those who knew him, however, said that Hernandez 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 fiancee, 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.’ Tyson Lane, a friend of Hernandez, describes a man who was generous and outgoing. ‘He liked to have a good time,’ Lane said. ‘When he walked into the room, his smile just bright up everybody. ‘And he just get along with everybody.’ Lane doesn’t accept the sheriff’s deputies' explanation that Hernandez died while trying to burglarize a home. ‘He is not a burglar. He’s not a thief. He’s not a bad guy,’ Lane said. ‘That’s not what he is.’


Lane added: ‘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.’ Duarte also said she doesn’t believe the investigators’ claims. She said she went to the home to have a look for herself. ‘Soon as I got there I’m like, “There’s no way. This isn’t what happened”,’ she said. Duarte added: ‘I just need something to be done the right way. I need a proper investigation. ‘I need the actual truth to come to light.’ On Facebook and online, Duarte has been soliciting donations from supporters asking to help pay for funeral costs for Hernandez. 'It hurts to even write this,' Duarte wrote on a GoFundMe page she founded. 'Taz has left to a better place. He leaves behind 5 beautiful children he loved with his entire heart and soul. 'He was destined to be GREAT beyond great at that I know his close friends will ensure his music lives on.'

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