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Driver Charged in Death of 'Outlawz' Rapper Hussein Fatal

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Details surrounding the death of rapper Hussein Fatal have emerged resulting in the driver of the vehicle being charged with several counts.

Hussein Fatal, also known by his birth name, Bruce E. Washington, Jr., was a passenger in a black Dodge Challenger driven by 31-year-old Zanetta Yearby when the vehicle crashed at 2:30 a.m. Saturday on I-85 and exit 149, according to the Bank’s County Sheriff’s office.

The Georgia State Patrol have charged Yearby with failure to maintain lane, DUI, no proof of insurance, first degree vehicular homicide and reckless driving following the July 11 crash which resulted in Washington’s death when he was ejected from the vehicle.

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Yearby was transported to Athens Regional for non-life threatening injuries. A Montclair native, Yearby was living in Conyers, Ga. at the time of the accident.

There were no other vehicles involved in the crash and the scene was turned over to Georgia State Patrol for further investigation.  

Most known by his stage name, Hussein Fatal, Washington was a member of the hip hop group Outlawz Immortalz, the group founded by Tupac Shakur. 

In February 1996, Washington appeared on two songs on Shakur's nonuple-certified platinum album, All Eyez on Me. Washington was also featured on Shakur's popular diss song "Hit 'Em Up" in June 1996.

Washington has also worked with Ja Rule and Ashanti on songs on their albums.

Washington went on to set up his own record label entitled Thugtertainment and was featured on countless mixtapes under his label. Washington continued to collaborate with fellow Outlawz members producing music in 2010 and 2011. He was also an author of the book entitled Journey of an Outlaw, which was shown on the back cover of his latest album, and was said to be in negotiations over a publishing deal.

Born in Montclair on April 3, 1977, the 38-year-old Washington is survived by three daughters, his mother Cheryl Perkins, father Bruce Washington, Sr. and 11 siblings.

There has been an outpouring of recognition from those in the hip hop community since TAPinto Montclair broke the news of his death. Friends and fans have also been mourning Fatal Hussein's loss on social media as well as gathering in the community near his family’s home.

The family has set up a gofundme account to offset the costs of the funeral with over $10,000 raised by 186 people in one day.

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