CONTRA COSTA, COUNTY – Influential Bay Area rapper Young Curt has reportedly died. The Contra Costa Coroner’s office confirmed the 27-year-old was killed in a car crash on Byron Highway early Monday morning (June 29).
According to The Mercury News, Curt — whose real name is Curtis Denton — was speeding down Byron Highway south of Brentwood when California Highway Patrol says he lost control of his car around a bend. The vehicle flipped multiple times as it careened into the embankment. The CHP news release states Curt was thrown from the vehicle “through the sun roof and onto the dirt shoulder.”
When officers arrived on the scene shortly after 2 a.m. local time, they discovered a 2019 Dodge Charger on its roof and Curt on the side of the road. Medical support from East Contra Costa Fire then transported Curt to a nearby hospital via ambulance, where he was immediately pronounced dead. The mangled car was missing parts of its roof, front bumper and some wheels when the tow truck went to retrieve it.
Curt released a video for “Gang In This MF” earlier this month, while his 2009 song “No Bitch” recently regained traction on Tik Tok. In March 2019, YG, Tyga and Blueface sampled Curt for the Mustard-produced “Bop,” opening Curt up to a wider audience.
In the wake of his death, several Bay Area artists have taken their condolences to Twitter, including Kamaiyah, Kehlani and Guapdad 4000. Meanwhile, many of his fans are reeling that he wasn’t given the props he deserved while he was alive.
Check out some of the reactions below.