Rapper Shawty Lo of ‘Laffy Taffy’ fame dead at 40 following car crash

ATLANTA, Sept. 21 (UPI) — Rapper Shawty Lo, real name Carlos Walker known for hits “Laffy Taffy” and “Dey Know,” has died at the age of 40 following a car crash.

Shawty Lo’s manager Johnnie Cabbell confirmed the news on the Atlanta native’s Twitter Wednesday writing, “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.”


Later, Cabbell posted a photo of Shawty Lo playing a piano in all white on Instagram where he offered his condolences. “I am so so so devastated that words can not describe how I feel right now,” Cabbell wrote.

“Shawty Lo was not just my artist he was my Brother He was My Friend. I have been Lo MGR for over 10 [years]. He was Loyal and he had my back when no one else did. I could count on him when I had no one else to turn to. We been thru so much together. If you knew Lo, then you know he was genuine. He was Real,” he continued.

I am so so so devastated that words can not describe how I feel right now. Shawty Lo was not just my artist he was my Brother He was My Friend. I have been Lo MGR for over 10yrs He was Loyal and he had my back when no one else did. I could count on him when I had no one else to turn to. We been thru so much together. If you knew Lo then you know he was genuine He was Real he would do anything he could if he had it. I Genuinely love this man like my blood brother. I Will Keep His Name Alive and and His Music !!!! Please Pray for Us The Whole D4L Family Lo Family His Mom His Kids His Children Mothers We need you all prayers and Support !!!!!!

A photo posted by Johnnie Cabbell (@johnniecabbell) on Sep 21, 2016 at 4:24am PDT

Authorities confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Shawty Lo was in a single car accident and died after his vehicle went over a guardrail, hitting two trees before into burst into flames while on I-285.

Shawty Lo was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other passengers are currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Shawty Lo is best known for his 2005 hit “Laffy Taffy” alongside his group D4L that disbanded the next year. Afterwards, he struck out on his own with a 2008 solo album entitled Units in the City which featured the hit single “Dey Know.”



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