A popular hip hop artist from Georgia has died in a tragic car accident in Atlanta.
40-year-old Shawty Lo, whose real name is Carlos Walker, was ejected from his car when he crashed into two trees after leaving a strip club in Atlanta on Sept. 21.
“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,” his brother tweeted.
Local authorities say the incident occurred at around 2:20 a.m. when Walker crashed his 2016 Audi over a guardrail, hit several trees and caught fire, reports WSB-TV.
Initially, the crash was reported as a hit-and-run, but “it has been confirmed now that it was a single car accident,” says Fulton Police spokeswoman Cpl. Maureen Smith.
“The driver, 40 year old Carlos Walker, lost control of his vehicle, a 2016 Audi, leaving the roadway and striking a tree, causing the vehicle to overturn and catch fire.”
There were two women in the car who were taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Known for the song, “Dey Know”, he was also a member of Atlanta rap group D4L, who produced the hit “Laffy Taffy”.
Walker leaves behind 11 children from 10 different mothers, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He made headlines in 2013 when Oxygen television network announced a special about his blended family called “All My Babies’ Mamas”.
The show was canned before even airing due to online petitions and calls for a boycott.
Friends and celebrities showed their condolences on social media.
“Dear God, take care of my brother,” D4L member Lefabian “Fabo” Williams wrote in a Twitter post. “#BankheadlegendShawty The realest ever created.”
Rapper Future said: “legends never die…Shawty Lo Forever.”
Milton Swift, the Shawty Lo’s videographer and chef, went to the crash site and saw a copy of rapper’s “Put Some Respek On It” CD on the side of the road.
“We just wrapped up a video dedication to his father called ‘Letter to My Father,’” Swift said. “We just buried him two days ago, and now we got to deal with this right here.”
Swift referred to the rapper his brother and said he gave him his first shot in the music industry.
“This guy was loved by his city,” Swift said. “He loved life. He loved people. He loved his family. He loved all his kids.”
Sources: WSB-TV, Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Photo credit: WSB-TV/Twitter