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Shawty Lo, Atlanta Rapper And D4L Cofounder, Dead At 40

The rapper born Carlos Walker died in a car accident outside Atlanta

Rapper Shawty Lo, one of the founding members of hip-hop group D4L, died in a car crash near Atlanta early Wednesday morning (September 21). He was 40.

Police officials confirmed the accident to the AJC. According to the report, the rapper’s Audi went over a guardrail and hit two trees on the I-285 southbound ramp to Cascade Road around 2:20 a.m. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Two passengers were also in the car, and were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A tweet from Shawty Lo's verified account confirmed that the rapper had passed away.

Born Carlos Walker in Moultrie, Georgia, Shawty Lo founded D4L in 2003. The group would earn a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Laffy Taffy” in 2006. Walker released his solo debut single, “Dey Know,” in 2007, followed by his debut album, Units in the City, in 2008. He was planning on releasing a follow-up album called Still Got Units via G-Unit Records.

In 2013, Walker’s reality TV series All My Babies’ Mamas was canceled by the Oxygen Network following public criticism about the depiction of his unorthodox family. The series was set to follow Walker, his 11 children, and their 10 mothers. It remains unaired.

On Instagram, Walker’s manager Johnnie Cabell said, “I am so so so devastated that words cannot describe how I feel right now. Shawty Lo was not just my artist, he was my brother. He was my friend.”

Future, 50 Cent, and Lil Yachty also posted tributes to Shawty Lo on Twitter.