Rapper Shawty Lo, known for his solo work and as a member of D4L, died in an single car automobile accident early Wednesday (Sept. 21), according to numerous reports. He was 40.
The crash took place at approximately 2:20 a.m. on I-285 in Southern Fulton County, Georgia, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Initial reports about it possibly being a hit-and-run have since been dispelled.
Law enforcement officials claim that the white Audi Lo was in erupted in flames after jumping over a guardrail and colliding with two trees. The “Laffy Taffy” star died at the scene, but two women in the car survived with non-life-threatening injuries.
Prior to the accident, Lo was at the Blue Flame strip club on Harwell Road, according to several videos on his social media accounts.
Shawty’s longtime manager Johnnie Cabbell offered a message regarding Lo’s death on Instagram.
“I am so so so devastated that words can not describe how I feel right now,” he wrote. “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,” he added. “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 !!!!!!”
Lo, born Carlos Walker, hit the top of the charts as a member of D4L, thanks to the massively successful “Laffy Taffy” in 2005. He’s remained active in the music industry, releasing Units in the City in 2008 and was reportedly planning a sequel for this year.
Fellow rappers including Ludacris and Future have also publicly mourned Lo’s passing. “legends never die,” Hendrix wrote. “Shawty Lo Forever.”