Nicki Minaj's tour manager stabbed to death in bar fight
The tour manager of rapper Nicki Minaj was stabbed to death and another member of her entourage was seriously injured Wednesday (Feb 18) in a bar fight, the artist and police said.
Minaj, one of the most successful female rappers, said that the two members of her team were stabbed in Philadelphia, where they were preparing for a tour scheduled to start on March 16 in Stockholm.
“One was killed. They had only been there for two days rehearsing for the tour,” Minaj wrote on Twitter.
Police said that an apparent argument set off the fight after midnight outside the Che’ Bar & Grill and that the victim had been stabbed multiple times in the torso before dying in a hospital.
The other man was in critical condition with stab wounds to his left arm and left side, a police statement said.
The police described the alleged assailant as a 30-year-old man with a full beard who drove away in a dark gold Buick Lesabre.
While police did not identify the victims, rapper Fabolous identified the dead man as De’Von Pickett, Minaj’s tour manager, and said that the other victim was associate Eric Parker.
In an Instagram post, Minaj offered her condolences to the family of her tour manager, De'Von Pickett.
"Unbelievable," she wrote. "Another senseless act of violence that took the life of a great guy. So sad."
Other stars who knew the pair also shared their feelings online.
Pop star Rihanna said she had fond memories of working with Pickett.
Rapper Fabolous posted on Instagram: "I am still in shock & don't want to believe this. And it hurts even more knowing how good these two dudes are ... Please send Eric Parker your blessings & a prayer for him to pull thru. And RIP to the fallen soldier Day Day ... #RIPDayDay #PrayForEricParker" (sic)
Sources: AFP, Twitter, Instagram