Atlanta Rapper Dead at 40 in Car Crash
Shawty Lo's vehicle went over guardrail and burned
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2016 9:58 AM CDT
Hip-hop music artist Shawty Lo in 2008.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

(Newser) – Rapper Shawty Lo—real name Carlos Walker—has died in a blazing car crash in Atlanta, his manager confirms. Fulton County police say a single car accident occurred around 2:20am Wednesday when a white Audi went over a guardrail on an I-285 ramp, hit two trees, and caught fire, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Shawty Lo, who WSB-TV reports was driving, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene while two female passengers were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Manager Johnnie Cabbell tells the Rickey Smiley radio show that Shawty Lo had just left a strip club.

"My brother has passed; he is no longer here but his spirit, his kind heart and his music will live on," Cabbell writes on Twitter. "I am so so so devastated that words cannot describe how I feel right now," he adds on Instagram. Shawty Lo, 40, was named Rookie of the Year at the 2008 BET Hip-Hop Awards, reports Rolling Stone. He also made headlines in 2013 over an Oxygen reality show focusing on his 11 children from 10 women, though the show never actually aired. He was best known musically for singles "Dey Know" and "Laffy Taffy" with rap group D4L.