Carlos Walker, best known as rapper Shawty Lo, is dead after a fatal car crash in Atlanta earlier this morning.
Authorities say Shawty Lo’s 2016 Audi went over a guardrail, hit multiple trees, and caught fire before the 40-year-old was ejected from the car. He died at the scene.
Two women were in the car as well. Their injuries were not life-threatening.
Shawty Lo’s manager released a statement on 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
Shawty Lo blew up during the mid-2000s and helped create the “snap music” craze when he helped found D4L. That group spawned hits like “Laffy Taffy” before Shawty found solo success with records like “Dey Know.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. Thank you, Shawty Lo, for your contributions to the culture.
Celebrity fans and friends have been waking up to the tragic news and are mourning the loss, check out some heartfelt messages posted by the cast of Love & Hip Hop, 50 Cent, and more.
I wake up to change my daughter and this is the news I get. I'm in disbelief. My friend my brother. A true Atl legend #ShawtyLo has passed away in a fatal car crash. This one hurts my heart. This man leaves behind 11 beautiful, innocent children, family, friends and a legacy bigger than himself. If you ever been to the real Atlanta you know Carlos ?? #theyknow #d4l @shawtylo_kob
Man I just heard the KOB Aka @shawtylo_kob is going to be with our Heavenly Father and even tho I Knw he good it hurts cause he was a great dude man he always came thru for me and stayed ready to support a nicca , that's big bro I remember big Lo and that real Atlanta shit #ripshawtyLO #icantbelieve this but fr somebody pls tell me this ain't true