“Laffy Taffy” Rapper Shawty Lo Killed in Car Accident
The life of rapper Shawty Lo has been cut short at age 40. The entertainer died in a car accident in the early morning of Wednesday, September 22.
Shawty Lo was born Carlos Walker in Moultrie, Georgia. In 2003, he founded the musical group D4L with Stoney, Mook-B, and Fabo, who were also Atlanta rappers. The group topped the Billboard 100 chart in 2006 with “Laffy Taffy”.
His hit single “Dey Know” was released in December of 2007. His 2008 solo album Units in the City reached number 2 on the Top Rap Albums Chart and hit the number 14 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. That same year, BET awarded Lo its Rookie of the Year honor.
Lo was more prolific at procreation than musical production, fathering 11 children by 10 different mothers. In 2013, he was set to appear in an Oxygen TV series titled All My Babies’ Mamas based on his large brood of children and “baby mamas”. In January, Oxygen abruptly backed out of the deal, likely due to the PR backlash that raged around the premise of the reality show.
Lo died in a single-car accident. Around 2:20 am, reportedly after leaving an area strip club, the Atlanta rapper drove his 2016 Audi off the road, flying over a guardrail. The vehicle burst into flames after hitting several trees at the Cascade Road exit in Fulton County, Georgia. Lo was ejected from the Audi and expired on scene. Two female passengers were injured and transported to the hospital. Initial reports had erroneously reported that the accident was the result of a hit and run. The actual cause of the collision is still pending.
Fans and Associates
The rapper’s untimely death had “Shawty Lo” trending on Twitter for several hours on Wednesday and taking center stage on other social media platforms. On Instagram, Lo’s manager, Johnnie Cabbell, posted that he was devastated by the loss of a man he considered a friend and a brother. He expressed his loyalty and love including “I Will Keep His Name Alive and and His Music !!!!”
Fans, family and friends formed an impromptu vigil outside ORG studios on Donald Lee Hollowell. The gathering listened to the rapper’s music while expressing their shock and dismay.