Rapper Shawty Lo has died in a car accident in Atlanta.
The 40-year-old rapper, born Carlos Walker, was ejected from his vehicle after he crashed into two trees on his way home from an Atlanta strip club.
"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," Walker's brother posted from the rapper's official Twitter account.
Authorities in Atlanta say that the crash occurred at around 2:20 a.m., when Walker's 2016 Audi went over a guardrail before hitting several trees, according to WSB-TV. The car reportedly caught fire.
The crash was initially reported as a hit-and-run, but Fulton Police spokeswoman Cpl. Maureen Smith said that "it has been confirmed now that it was a single car accident."
"The driver, 40 year old Carlos Walker, lost control of his vehicle, a 2016 Audi, leaving the roadway and striking a tree, causing the vehicle to overturn and catch fire," Smith added.
There were two female passengers in the car when it crashed. The two women were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries. They are both expected to recover.
Shawty Lo is best known for his song, “Dey Know,” as well as being a member of Atlanta rap group D4L, which had a hit with "Laffy Taffy."
According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Walker leaves behind 11 children from 10 different mothers. He made headlines in 2013 when the television network Oxygen announced a special about the rapper and his blended family, called "All My Babies’ Mamas." However, after online petitions were launched and some called for a boycott of the network, the special was canceled before airing.
Friends and celebrities paid tribute to the late rapper on social media.
"Dear God, take care of my brother,” Walker's D4L bandmate Lefabian "Fabo" Williams wrote in a Twitter post. “#BankheadlegendShawty The realest ever created.”
Rapper Future wrote on Twitter, "legends never die…Shawty Lo Forever."
Shawty Lo’s videographer and chef, Milton Swift, said that he went to the site of the car crash and found a copy of the rapper’s "Put Some Respek On It" CD on the side of the road.
"We just wrapped up a video dedication to his father called ‘Letter to My Father,'" Swift said. "We just buried him two days ago, and now we got to deal with this right here."
Swift referred to Shawty Lo as his brother and said that the rapper gave him his first opportunity in the music industry.
"This guy was loved by his city," Swift said. "He loved life. He loved people. He loved his family. He loved all his kids."