@THATSSHAWTYLO visited the Blue Flame Lounge

The Atlanta-based rap artist Shawty Lo was killed in a crash early Wednesday morning, according to Fulton County police. Word of his death spread quickly, including on the rapper's Twitter account. User Actions

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

Police said the crash happened on the exit ramp from Interstate 285 southbound to Cascade Road

Officers told FOX 5 the driver of a white 2016 Audi lost control just before 2:30 a.m. Police said the Audi went over a guardrail, struck a tree and landed in a deep embankment, causing the vehicle to catch fire. 

Investigators said the driver was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Two female passengers were able to escape from the car and were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. They are expected to recover. 

tow truck removed the Audi from the scene before rush hour began Wednesday morning. The exit ramp was shut down for hours, but has since reopened. 

Late Wednesday morning, police confirmed that the driver was 40-year-old Carlos Walker, also known as Shawty Lo.

RIP Shawty Lo.Prayers to his family and friends. ATown Legend.

According to the rapper's Instagram page, he visited the Blue Flame Lounge shortly before the accident happened.
 Shawty Lo has died as a result of a car accident that took place around 2:20 a.m. While the incident was originally reported as a hit-and-run, police are now saying that the accident was a single car crash. According to WSB-TV 2, a 2016 Audi crashed over a guardrail, hitting several trees and catching fire at the Cascade Road exit on the southbound I-285. Authorities say that Lo died at the scene after being ejected from the vehicle, with two others taken to the hospital.

Lo, real name Carlos Walker, was 40 years old and is survived by 11 children. He is perhaps best known for the 2007 single “Dey Know” which peaked at no. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and as a founding member of D4L, who rose to prominence in 2005 with their hit “Laffy Taffy.” Lo last released “Put Some Respek on It” in late April, which was supposed to be featured on a forthcoming mixtape.

The news was confirmed by Lo’s manager on Twitter early Wednesday morning. “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,” he wrote. Additional tweets are included below, with all condolences extended to Lo’s family and the friends who mourn his passing.

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Update: Manager confirms, Rapper  killed in car crash. Police now say accident was a single car crash- no hit & run. @wsbtv