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Atlanta Rapper Shawty Lo Killed In Fiery Car Crash

The artist, well known for the song “Dey Know,” was ejected from a vehicle in a crash Tuesday morning.

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Two other women were injured in the crash.

Fulton County Police spokesperson Maureen Smith told BuzzFeed News that officers responded to reports of a single-vehicle accident Tuesday at approximately 2:20 a.m.

Upon arrival, authorities found that a car had struck a couple trees and caught fire. Shawty Lo, who was born Carlos Walker, appeared to have lost control of the wheel and was ejected from the vehicle. He pronounced dead at the scene.

There were two female passengers in the car who managed to escape. They were transported to the hospital and treated with non-life threatening injuries, Smith added. The department has not confirmed their identities.

Atlanta radio host Ryan Cameron tweeted Wednesday morning that Shawty Lo’s manager confirmed his death to him.

Mgr Johnny Cabell has confirmed that @THATSSHAWTYLO has been killed in a hit and run accident this am. Real O.G. R.I.P. #zone1forlife

Shortly after, the rapper’s official Twitter account announced his death.

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 was known as a member of the Atlanta rap group D4L, who created the song “Laffy Taffy” in 2005.

As a solo artist, Shawty Lo was behind the hit song “Dey Know.”

The television network Oxygen once had plans to air a show about the rapper’s family — he had 11 children with 10 women — but a series of protests, including a petition that circulated on Change.org, led to it being scrapped.


Tamerra Griffin is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tamerra Griffin at tamerra.griffin@buzzfeed.com.

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