Atlanta rapper Carlos "Shawty Lo" Walker died this morning in a car accident in Georgia. According to a police statement issued to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Walker's vehicle went over a guardrail, hit two trees, and caught fire. Walker was ejected from the car, and two women in the car were admitted to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The accident occurred around 2:20 a.m.
Shawty Lo's manager Johnnie Cabbell confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, "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." He shared a longer note on Instagram:
I am so so so devastated that words can not describe how I feel right now. Shawty Lo was not just my artist he was my Brother He was My Friend. I have been Lo MGR for over 10yrs He was Loyal and he had my back when no one else did. I could count on him when I had no one else to turn to. We been thru so much together. If you knew Lo then you know he was genuine He was Real he would do anything he could if he had it. I Genuinely love this man like my blood brother. I Will Keep His Name Alive and and His Music !!!! Please Pray for Us The Whole D4L Family Lo Family His Mom His Kids His Children Mothers We need you all prayers and Support !!!!!!
Shawty Lo will be remembered for his music, including the chart-topping single "Laffy Taffy" with the group D4L and his 2008 solo hit "Dey Know." He was the father of 11 children, and a friend of many artists, especially in Atlanta. Some have already reacted to the news.
Rest in peace, Shawty Lo.