Drakeo the Ruler, a US rapper, has passed away after being attacked at a Los Angeles music festival.
Darrell Caldwell was the real-name of the 28-year old performer who had been booked to appear at Saturday’s Once Upon a Time in LA event.
On Sunday morning, his publicist informed several US media outlets that he had died.
The incident occurred backstage, around the time that the artist had to perform.
Los Angeles police said that they are still investigating the incident, however no arrests have been made.
Drakeo the Ruler was listened to by more than 1.5 million people monthly on Spotify. He also collaborated on Talk to Me with Drake.
A call regarding a stabbing was received by paramedics at 20:40 GMT Saturday. The rapper was taken to the hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries.
For comment, the BBC reached out to his representatives.
Live Nation, the festival’s promoter confirmed there was an “altercation at the roadway backstage.” The event also featured performances by 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, and Snoop Dogg.
The festival ended one hour before the scheduled time, stating that “out of respect for all involved and in coordination with local authorities artists and organizers decided not move forward with remaining set so the festival was terminated an hour early.”
After Drakeo’s passing, social media was filled with tributes.
You have always lifted me up with your enthusiasm. Drake posted the following message on Instagram early Sunday morning: “RIP Drakeo.”
Jeff Weiss from Los Angeles wrote in a tweet that he is the “greatest West Coast artist of all time”, a legend who created a new language for rap with nervous beats and slippery cadences.
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