Rapper Lil Loaded died on Monday at age 20, the Dallas County Medical Examiner has confirmed.
The star, whose legal name is Dashawn Robertson, was facing a manslaughter charge for the shooting death of his friend Khalil Walker, 18, in October 2020 and was due in court for an admonishment hearing on Tuesday, according to court records.
The Medical Examiner did not specify a cause of death, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Robertson is best known for his 2019 hit 6locc 6a6y which was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America last week.
Texas hip hop artist Lil Loaded, whose legal name is Dashawn Robertson, died at 20 on Monday, officials confirmed. No cause of death has been specified
Robertson had originally been charged with murder in the killing of Walker, but in March was indicted on the lesser charge of manslaughter.
His attorney Ashkan Mehryari argued that there was ‘no malice’ behind the shooting, according to the Morning News.
Robertson was facing a manslaughter charge in the shooting death of his friend Khalil Walker, 18, in October 2020. Robertson was originally charged with murder in the killing but was later indicted on the lesser charge
Robertson shot Walker in the stomach with a rifle, police reported, and then drove his friend to the hospital where he died from the injury.
Police said there was a video on Walker’s phone of Robertson shooting him.
Robertson turned himself in 15 days after the shooting, and posted on Instagram his mugshot with the caption, ‘I appreciate all y’all support . They try to make u look guilty wen u innocent regardless .. we going to get pass this . Rip my brother love u’
While the cause of Robertson’s death has not been announced, fans began sharing screenshots of a troubling message Instagram story they say he recently posted.
It read: ‘Dear most high, Please forgive me for my shortcomings and all of the times I’ve fell short of making you proud and being appreciative of the blessings that have been put in my life sometimes the lines are blurred between being solid and being heartless I want to thank you for how far I’ve come and the people you’ve put in my life to keep me grounded and humble through everything and I love every single one of those people that are genuinely for me I ask for entrance into your kingdom thru all of my mistakes I know you love all of your children and I’m ready for my heart and soul to Join you.’
Robertson was also known for the songs Gang Unit and Link Up
It’s not clear when the story was posted, XXL reported, but it has since disappeared.
Attorney Mehryari told Dallas News that Robertson’s death was ‘very tragic’ and unexpected.
He said: ‘He had a very bright and promising music career ahead of him’
Stanley Gabart, whose production company worked with the star’s label, said: This kid was on a great path. He was struggling with some things we wish we would’ve known about, wish we could’ve intervened.’
Hip hop fan social media accounts expressed their condolences over the death.
Hip hop fan accounts took to Twitter to express their condolences
‘Dallas rapper Lil Loaded has reportedly passed away at the age of 20. RIP Lil Loaded,’ tweeted Hip Hop Ties
‘R.I.P Lil Loaded R.I.P Turn Me Up Josh, Two tragic deaths have been reported today as 20 year old Dallas rapper Lil Loaded and Houston producer Turn Me Up Josh have both passed away. Prayers to their friends and family in this difficult time,’ posted Hip Hop All Day.
‘RIP LiL Loaded,’ tweeted Polo G Fan Page
‘Dallas rapper Lil Loaded has passed away. RIP’ Saycheese TV wrote.