KayO Redd, the younger brother of rapper Waka Flocka Flame, died on Dec. 29 of a gunshot wound. Investigators believe the injury was self-inflicted.
Redd, 27, whose real name was Coades Scott, was an aspiring rapper. According to media reports, he last communicated on social media the day he died, sending out a tweet about his mix tape called Redd Kisses.
Waka Flocka tweeted Dec. 29 that Redd had committed suicide. He later tweeted: "Ya Big Brother love you Kayo."
According to a spokesman for the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, a law enforcement agency south of Atlanta in the jurisdiction where Redd lived, said there was no evidence of foul play in the shooting.
“His family was concerned about his mental status,” Sgt. Joey Smith said. “He lived in the same subdivision where Waka Flocka lived, but he had apparently left the house. They called the police.”
Officers who responded found Redd dead of a gunshot wound lying in the street in the subdivision where he lived, Smith said.
On Dec. 29, Debra Antney, the mother of Waka Flocka and KayO Redd, tweeted her grief: “I just lost another son.” A third son died in 2000 in a car accident.
The death of Redd was the second devastating loss in as many years for Waka Flocka Flame. Two years ago, his best friend and fellow Brick Squad crew member, Slim Dunkin, was fatally shot.
Antney is a respected manager who has worked with artists such as Nicki Minaj. Earlier in the day Redd was found dead, she had retweeted an announcement for a radio tribute for rapper Doe B.
Doe B., whose real name was Glenn Thomas, 22, was fatally shot in a Montgomery, Ala. bar in the early hours of Dec. 29.