By Hayden Wright
Rapper Shawty Lo died from injuries sustained in a car accident at 2:20 this morning (Sept. 21) in Georgia. He was 40.
Manager and longtime friend Johnny Cabell told Radio.com affiliate V103’s The Ryan Cameron Morning Show With Wanda Smith that the 40 year old, who’s real name is Carlos Walker, was involved in the crash on southbound Interstate 285. Police say it happened around 2:20 this morning in south Fulton County.
Georgia local news reports that Lo was traveling in an Audi that crashed over a guard rail, hit several trees and caught fire. The accident occurred near the Cascade Road exit on I-285 in South Fulton County. Lo, the only male passenger, was ejected from the vehicle and declared dead at the scene. Two female passengers were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The rapper was best known as a founder of D4L Records, as well as the rap group D4L. In 2008, his solo debut spawned “Dey Knew,” a lead single that peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2011, Lo — born Carlos Walker — signed D4L Records as an imprint of 50 Cent’s G-Unit South label. The rapper courted controversy in 2013 when he filmed an unaired documentary called All My Babies’ Mamas, which addressed the 11 children he had with 10 different women. At the time, critics lambasted the premise and said it glorified an unstable family.
Hours before his death, a video of Lo at what appears to be a strip club was uploaded to his Instagram profile.
Lo’s management confirmed his death via the rapper’s Twitter account:
My brother has passed he is no longer here but his spirit, his kind heart , and his music will live on Long live Shawty Lo King of Bankhead—
SHAWTY LO (@THATSSHAWTYLO) September 21, 2016