The Dallas County medical examiner’s office confirmed that the young rapper, Lil Loaded; whose legal name was Dashawn Robertson, had died. Officials did not reveal the cause of his death, but it has been reported to be a suicide.
Ashkan Mehryari, an attorney for the rapper, told USA TODAY the cause of death was suicide. “Sadly, I am able to confirm Mr. Robertson passed away today,” Mehryari wrote in a statement.
The attorney told the Dallas Morning News that his client’s death was “very tragic,” adding; “He had a very bright and promising music career ahead of him.”
Lil Loaded’s death comes a week after “6locc 6a6y” was certified gold on May 25 by the Recording Industry Association of America. “6LOCC 6A6Y Certified Gold ?? Who runnin dis (expletive) like me ?? … dopest fanbase on earth,” Lil Loaded wrote on Instagram at the time.
The music video for the song has amassed nearly 29 million views on YouTube. The rapper’s follow-up single in October 2019, “Gang Unit,”; became an even bigger hit with over 39 million YouTube views.
Lil Loaded was arrested last year on a murder charge related to the October shooting of his best friend; 18-year-old Khalil Walker.
A post on the late rapper’s Instagram account the same day as the shooting appeared to mourn Walker. According to The Dallas Morning News, it read; “So much love fa u they thought we had the same mama … ima see u soon.”
After Walker’s death, Lil Loaded took to Instagram to address his arrest. “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,” he captioned the post.