Atlanta’s Hussein Fatal, Tupac Shakur associate, killed in crash

A rapper who shot to stardom through collaborations with the late Tupac Shakur was killed in a crash in Banks County, and his girlfriend was charged in connection with his death.

Hussein Fatal, who appeared on Tupac’s 1996 double album, All Eyez on Me, and was best known as a member of the Tupac-led rap group The Outlawz, was a passenger in Zanetta L. Yearby’s black Dodge Challenger just after 2:30 a.m. Friday, according to a Georgia State Patrol crash report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Yearby and Fatal were headed south on I-85 when the Challenger left the roadway just past the off ramp to Ga. 15 at a high rate of speed, struck an embankment, vaulted into the air, hit the bottom portion of the Ga. 15 bridge and fell on its top. Fatal, whose birth name is Bruce Edward Washington, was ejected and killed. He was 42 and his last known address was in Atlanta.

"Rest in Paradise our brother Hussein Fatal he passed away in a car accident," The Outlawz wrote in a Sunday Twitter post that featured a photo of Fatal with Tupac. "Pray for his family & kids at this time!"

In another Twitter post the following day, the group asked "our Outlaw Nation to show your support for Hussein Fatal by donating to his family for funeral expenses" and directed supporters to a GoFundMe page. As of Wednesday morning, nearly $11,000 had been raised.

Yearby, 31, of Decatur, was charged with failure to maintain lane, DUI, no proof of insurance, first-degree vehicular homicide and reckless driving, according to the GSP report.

The crash remains under investigation.