Drakeo the Ruler has died.
The rapper passed away after being stabbed backstage at the Once Upon a Time concert at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, Variety confirmed Sunday (December 19).
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The incident occurred at around 8:30 p.m., and Drakeo – born Darrell Caldwell – was taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to the report.
“Always picked my spirit up with your energy RIP Drakeo.”
The show was called off after the stabbing.
“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,” said a Live Nation spokesperson in a statement.
The music star was previously acquitted in felony murder and attempted murder charges in the 2016 killing of a 24-year-old man. He was retried, but the case ended with a plea deal and he was released in November of 2020. He recorded a mixtape, Thank You For Using GTL, including content recorded over the phone from prison while he was awaiting trial. He released his debut, The Truth Hurts, earlier in 2021.
Our thoughts are with Drakeo the Ruler‘s at this difficult time.