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Rapper Shawty Lo and founding member of D4L died early Wednesday morning after getting into a nasty accident in Atlanta.

According to officials, Lo was driving around 2:20 a.m. when his 2016 Audi hit a guardrail and ran into several trees before catching fire and bursting into flames.

Carlos Walker, the rapper’s legal name, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead on the scene. Two women passengers were also in the vehicle, but were transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Walker’s manager, Johnnie Cabbell released a statement on the rapper’s Twitter page that read, “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.”

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Johnnie also shared an emotional note on his personal Instagram page, sharing with fans, “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.”

He continued, “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.”

Cabal added, “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 !!!!!!”

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Prior to the crash, Lo, who was behind the 2005 mega hit “Laffy Taffy,” had been partying at Blue Flame in Atlanta. In fact, on his way to the venue, the rapper shared a video of himself driving his car, clearly excited about the big night.

The rapper leaves behind 11 children.

RIP, Lo.

I’m outchea ‼️ #BlueFlame my route 🔥🔥🔥#BNBempire #D4LWorld #RealBankhead 👑

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

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