Critically acclaimed Los Angeles rapper Drakeo the Ruler died at the age of 28 after being stabbed at a music festival on Dec. 18.
“I can confirm his passing but am in shock and unable to share any further details at this time. I’ll be releasing a statement from his family as soon as we’re able,” Scott Jawson, Drakeo’s publicist, told CNN.
Police said a fight broke out shortly after 8:30 p.m. backstage at the Once Upon a Time in the Los Angeles music festival held near the Banc of California Stadium and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Exposition Park.
Drakeo, whose real name is Darrell Caldwell, was scheduled to perform at the festival.
According to a statement from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a suspect armed with an “edged” weapon “severely” injured one man during an altercation.
The victim later succumbed to his injuries after being transported to a hospital in the area, CHP further said.
Concert promoter Live Nation decided to end the festival following the incident.
“There was an altercation in the roadway backstage. Out of respect for those involved and in coordination with local authorities, artists and organizers decided not to move forward with remaining sets so the festival was ended an hour early,” Live Nation said in a statement.
The festival also announced the early end to the event on Instagram, but did not provide a reason.
CHP Public Information Officer Shannelle Gonzalez said that investigators were reviewing tapes and speaking to witnesses as part of the investigation.
No arrests have been made so far.
On Twitter, Jawson called Drakeo “the most original and innovative artist of his generation.”
Jawson added that Drakeo’s death was as “monumental” as a loss to rap music as two other slain rap artists Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.
In 2018, Los Angeles Times dubbed Drakeo as “the most original West Coast stylist in decades.”
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