Kayo Redd, an aspiring rapper and younger brother of tragedy-ridden hip-hop star Waka Flocka Flame has died in Atlanta, Georgia. According to the entertainment news site TMZ, the police are investigating the death as a suicide.
Redd, whose real name was Caodes Scott, had recently completed a new recording, entitled Redd Kisses, according to Rolling Stone, and had promoted it via the social media site Twitter just hours before he died, making the possibility of suicide puzzling.
However, his more successful older brother Waka Flocka — real name: Juaquin Malphurs — apparantly believed that his brother had taken his own life. Taking to Twitter, Malphurs posted the message, “My F****** Lil Brother Killed Hisself F**** Lifeee.” But he quickly deleted that posting.
The rapper then posted posted a brief tribute to Kayo Redd, saying, “Ya Big Brother love you Kayo.”
Their mother, Debra Antney, confirmed the death of Kayo Redd, posting on Twitter, “I just lost another son.”
Waka Flocka also posted the message, “God please bless me.”
Tragedy has haunted the rap star, best known for his 2012 single, “Round of Applause.” When he was 13 years old, another brother died in an automobile accident.
“That whole period of my life really messed with my head,” Malphurs once said. “I ain’t even gonna lie – it killed me as a man. But it also made me stronger as a man in the future.”
According to TMZ, an autopsy on Kayo Redd will be performed either today or tomorrow. But the web site reported that police did not suspect homicide in the death of Kayo Redd, though some earlier reports indicated he may have died as the result of a shooting, a possibility mentioned on the Hollywood Life web site.
In 2012, Waka Flocka was himself shot when he was an innocent bystander during a jewelry store robbery. At the time, rumors were rampant that he had died.
The following year, a member of Waka Flocka’s group, Waka’s Brick Squad Monopoly crew, named Slim Dunkin was killed during an argument in a recording studio. The death of Kayo Redd is just one more tragedy to afflict the career of the Atlanta-based rapper Waka Flocka Flame.