Lil Marlo has died aged 27, according to his friend Lil Yachty. Photo: WireImage.

Rapper Lil Marlo has died aged 27. Police have since confirmed that he was found shot dead in his car.

Officers told TMZ that they found the musician dead after they responded to a call about a car accident on Interstate 285 in downtown Atlanta at 2.06am on Sunday.

When they arrived on the scene, they discovered he had been shot and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Police currently don't know if it was a drive-by shooting, whether he was shot by someone who was in the car with him, or whether he was shot somewhere else and crashed while he was driving away.

Footage of a damaged car stopped at the side of a freeway in the city has been circulating online amid claims the rapper was travelling in the vehicle prior to his death. News of Lil Marlo's death was confirmed by his friend Lil Yachty, who posted a picture of him on his Instagram page along with a tribute.

He wrote: "We just did a song a 4 this morning smh rip brother @lilmarlo_1."

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Fellow Atlanta rapper Clay James tweeted: "Waking up seeing Lil Marlo passed away made me appreciate waking up even more.

"It’s a sad day in Atlanta. Prayers up to his family, friends, and QC. Black lives won't matter to anyone else if they don’t start mattering to US first."

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Lil Marlo, real name Rudolph Johnson was signed to the Quality Control record label along with his friend and associate Lil Baby. They worked together on several projects, with Lil Baby even giving his pal a shout out on his 2017 track Freestyle.

Lil Marlo's best-known tracks include Time After Time and Whatchu Gon Do.

He's survived by four children, Kemora, Rihanna, Marlo and Rudy.