by Tony Johnson
“We just got it agreed that he was going to be my special surprised guest for my birthday bash next month then we got the news as we were talking….smdh, He was just 19!” Amarillo Rapper- Lil’ Prince Capone Phea
Melvin Vernell III, a.k.a. “Lil Phat” (July 25, 1992- June 7, 2012)
Trill Fam member Lil’ Phat has passed away from multiple gunshot wounds from a fatal shooting outside Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
He was 19 years old.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police identified Phat, born Melvin Vernell III. A motive is unknown for the shooting, and cops are searching for “2 Black males were seen running from the location at the time of the shooting.”
The incident occurred Thursday around 6:40 p.m. in the 1001 block of Johnson Ferry Road. Phat was shot several times in a parked car on the second level of a parking deck off Hollis Cobb Drive next to the Northside Hospital Women’s Center. He was taken to the nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly after.
Webbie has taken to Twitter to confirm the passing of his younger brother…Lil’ Phat.
“RIP TO MY LIL BROTHER PHAT! LIFE SO F–KED UP! TRILL4LIFE,” “YOU STUPID BIT@HES THINK DEATH A JOKE UNTIL YOU LOSE SOMEBODY YOU LOVE! #RIPLILPHAT.”
The rapper was a member of the Trill Entertainment Family alongside Webbie, Lil’ Boosie, Foxx, Mouse and more. With Webbie, he released Trill 4 Life in November 2010, and was featured on the Trill Entertainment compilation Trill Fam: All or Nothing.
In April 2011, Lil’ Phat’s name was involved in a Tuscaloosa, Alabama shooting during an altercation a Lil’ Phat concert, one of the rappers associates was arrested for attempted murder and second degree assault.
Lil’ Phat was best known for his appearance on the 2008 hit “Independent” by Webbie and Lil’ Boosie
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