Rapper Lil Phat shot and killed in Atlanta

The 19 year old artist died yesterday (June 7)

A 19 year old rapper called Lil Phat was shot and killed yesterday (June 7) outside a hospital in Atlanta.

The artist, real name Melvin Vernell III, was a member of Trill Entertainment, which also includes rappers Lil Boosie and Webbie on its roster.

According to Billboard, Lil Phat was shot several times and died yesterday evening, local time. The incident happened in the carpark outside Northside Hospital Women’s Centre. The police are now looking for two men who fled the scene.

Describing his music, the Trill Entertainment website says: “Lil Phat, next up at Trill Entertainment is the underdog ready to bust to the front line with his consistent street anthems and hustler music lyrics.”

Lil Phat’s labelmate Webbie paid tribute to his late friend via Twitter earlier today, writing:

Watch Lil Phat perform the tracks ‘Far Off’ and ‘Countin’ Money’, below: