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.
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.