Two members of Nicki Minaj’s team stabbed in a bar fight in Philadelphia while rehearsing for the rapper’s tour.
De’Von “Day Day” Pickett, aged 29, died after being rushed to a local hospital. The second victim Eric Parker who is aged 27, remains in critical condition but is expected to survive. According to local news, the argument and subsequent attack happened at the Che Bar and Grill in the city’s West Oak Lane neighbourhood.
The chief inspector Scott Small has stated that:
“both of the victims, as well as the perpetrator, were all inside of this bar and that’s when an argument started”
The “Anaconda” rapper first broke the news via her Twitter account:
Two members of my team were stabbed last night in Philly. One was killed. They had only been there for two days rehearsing for the tour.
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) February 18, 2015
Understandably, having been devastated by the news, Nicki took to social media to share an image of the two crew members stabbed:
The caption read:
#Rp @myfabolouslife – these guys flew into Philly for my tour rehearsals 2 days ago and were both stabbed last night. #RIPDAYDAY condolences to your family. Unbelievable. Eric (on the right) is recovering. Another senseless act of violence that took the life of a great guy. So sad..
R n B singer Rihanna, who previously worked with Pickett on her own tour, also shared her condolences via Instagram using the hash tag #RIPDayDay
Her caption read:
can’t believe this is true! one of the nicest, coolest, funniest people I’ve ever met and toured with! We had so much fun together!!! Sad to lose a beautiful spirit like yours #RIPDayDay
Minaj’s Pinkprint European tour begins in Sweden next month and features Trey Songz.