Just when Nicki Minaj was enjoying being the happiest she’s ever been in her life comes bad news.
According to reports, the rapper’s tour manager was reportedly killed outside a Philadelphia eatery late last night after a heated fight that also involved another member of Nicki’s camp and the alleged killer.
Witnesses tell police 29-year-old De’Von Pickett and 27-year-old Eric Parker got into with an unidentified man at Che Bar & Grill before their argument spilled outside and turned violent. Once outside, police say the suspect allegedly stabbed both Pickett and Parker before fleeing from the crime scene in a Buick. The two men were taken to Einstein Medical Center where De’Von later died and Eric remains in critical condition.
Nicki confirmed the reports with a tweet:
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.
De’Von also worked with K. Michelle who wrote:
I’m in real shock. Woke up this morning to some awful news that you passed. My heart is broken. You managed my first tour ever the “Rebellious Soul Tour” You Were so supportive and excited about the growth of my career. When are we going to stop killing eachother? They don’t even know they took away one of the best. You’ve guided so many careers. The road for many artist won’t be the same. My heart hurts @daydaydoesdis Praying for your family and I know you are in a better place.
Rihanna also offered her condolences, having worked with De’Von on her “Glow In The Dark” Tour:
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
The two men were also very good friends with rapper Fabolous who took to Instagram to share the news and post his disbelief.
My heart is heavy right now… God opened my eyes this morning at 9:49am. For some reason at that time I woke up thinking about both of these guys. They both work with me, but I couldn’t figure out why they were in my mind at 1st wake up. Wasn’t sure if I had a dream & they were in it or just some wake up & process things type shit.. But at 10:04 my brother hit me & told me that they both were fatally stabbed in Philly last night. My friend @daydaydoesdis (left) died & my friend Eric Parker is in critical condition in the hospital fighting for his life.
I am still in shock & don’t want to believe this. And it hurts even more knowing how good these two dudes are. How hard these guys work. And how loyal they are to whoever they are down with & each other. Please send Eric Parker your blessings & a prayer for him to pull thru. And RIP to the fallen soldier Day Day. I can’t even believe I’m saying that with your name attached to it. & I HATE this being a post!! I will miss your energy, your vibe, & you but I’ll hold on to your spirit!! #RIPDayDay #PrayForEricParker
As of now, there are no details of what caused the fight, however witnesses claim the argument started over an employee who was recently fired.