Photo credit: Steed Media

Photo credit: Steed Media Service

The death of Atlanta rapper Carlos “Shawty Lo” Walker, shocked the music and social scene of the city last month. Walker was killed in a single car crash on the I-285 southbound ramp to Cascade Road, in south Fulton County, Georgia, after leaving the Blue Flame Lounge, a popular adult entertainment club. The white Audi A7 he was driving went down an embankment and he was ejected from the car. He had two , unidentified women with him in the car at the time.

Details are now emerging from the autopsy report by the Fulton County Medical Examiner, which was released Oct. 17. Reportedly, when Walker’s body was opened, there was a strong smell of alcohol. In addition, Walker was found to have a prescription pill bottle labeled Promethazine, which was instead filled with Percocet and Vicodin. The report has stated that his official cause of death was blunt force trauma to his head, due to being ejected from the car.

Surprisingly, the report mentions that the two women with Shawty asked the responding officers if they could empty out Shawty’s pockets. According to the report, the cops allegedly didn’t stop them, and after they were finished looting his body there was only around $16 remaining in the vehicle and on his person. Toxicology reports have not yet been completed so it is unknown if the prescription pills he was carrying were consumed before the crash. Shawty’s death underscores the rise in opiate-related deaths that have plagued the country especially since the death of music legend Prince earlier this year.

Shawty’s memorial and funeral were attended by thousands of fans, friends and relatives, some of whom took selfies with the body and posted the images on social media. His caisson was driven through the streets of Atlanta to pay one last visit to the Blue Flame strip club. Shawty left behind 11 children to mourn him.

Mo Barnes

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Maurice “Mo” Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.