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Rapper Kayo Redd, Waka Flocka Flame's Younger Brother, Dead

Artist recently released mixtape 'Redd Kisses'

December 30, 2013 8:55 AM ET
Waka Flocka Flame
Waka Flocka Flame
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Rapper Kayo Redd, younger brother of hip-hop star Waka Flocka Flame, died yesterday in Atlanta.

Redd recently released a mixtape, Redd Kisses, and promoted it just hours before he died. The cause of his death has not been officially released; conflicting reports pin it to a shooting in his old neighborhood or suicide. The latter has been reported with an alleged, distraught tweet from Waka that is no longer visible in his feed.

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Waka Flocka took to Twitter yesterday to mourn his sibling, first posting, "God please bless me." About seven hours later, he added, "Ya Big Brother love you Kayo" and posted a 15-second photo montage of Redd. Their mother, Debra Antney, also eulogized Redd last night with a single post: "I just lost another son."

The personal tragedy is the latest in a series for Waka Flocka, who lost another brother in a car accident when he was 13; Antney told Vibe that the loss caused the future rapper to act out and blame himself. In 2011, Slim Dunkin, a member of Waka's Brick Squad Monopoly crew and a frequent collaborator, was murdered during an argument in a recording studio.

member of Waka Flocka Flame's Brick Squad crew
member of Waka Flocka Flame's Brick Squad crew
member of Waka Flocka Flame's Brick Squad crew

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