Hip-hop fans everywhere woke up today (September 21) to the tragic news that Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo passed away in a fatal car crash.
As reported, Shawty Lo lost control of his Audi earlier this morning, crashing over a guard rail and into a tree, with the accident taking his life on impact. He was 40 years old and left behind 11 children.
The car crash happened around 2:20 this morning and was originally reported as a hit-and-run. Following the investigation, it was confirmed that it was a single car accident. The rapper was reported dead on the scene.
The terribly sad news was confirmed by his brother, who added that “his spirit, his kind heart and his music will live on.”
Members of the hip-hop community passionately penned tributes in memory of the influential Atlanta rapper, sharing that his legacy will live on forever.
Take a look at some rappers, DJs and overall supporters sharing their thoughts and condolences in the heartfelt posts below.
D'Quincy Dukes & Carlos "Shawty Lo" Walker, both friends from Bowen Holmes & both gone too soon. Love y'all brothers. 😞 Sad day Westside— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) September 21, 2016
legends never die...Shawty Lo Forever 🙏🏾— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) September 21, 2016
RIP Shawty Lo. 🙏🏽. Prayers to his family and friends. ATown Legend.— DJ DRAMA (@DJDRAMA) September 21, 2016
Not gon act like I was a Shawty Lo fan but thats a lot of kids without a father now. #RIP— BIG GHOST (@BigGhostLtd) September 21, 2016
RIP SHAWTY LO— MIGOS™ (@Migos) September 21, 2016
R.I.P. Shawty Lo— ROYCE (@Royceda59) September 21, 2016
R.i.p Shawty lo— FERG (@ASAPferg) September 21, 2016
Condolences to the family of Shawty Lo. #RIPShawtyLo— EG| Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) September 21, 2016
man, i cant believe this! i was just praising Shawty Lo the other day,now he has passed away, man! wtf! #RIPShawtyLo a true ATL LEGEND!— Welcome Makonnen (@iLoveMakonnen5D) September 21, 2016
Shawty lo 🙏🏽— LILDURK2x (@lildurk) September 21, 2016
RIP Shawty Lo. You will be missed.— Swisher Sweets (@SwisherSweets) September 21, 2016
Damn. RIP Shawty Lo.— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) September 21, 2016
R.I.P Shawty Lo— Raekwon The Chef (@Raekwon) September 21, 2016
Rest In Peace Shawty Lo— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) September 21, 2016
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 (@THATSSHAWTYLO) September 21, 2016
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