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Nicki Minaj tour manager stabbed to death during rehearsal for her upcoming show, while another member of her team is in critical condition following bar fight

Nicki Minaj tour manager stabbed to death during rehearsal for her upcoming show while another member of her team is in critical condition following bar fight
A member of Nicki Minaj's team was killed, and another man critically injured, after a stabbing in Philadelphia in the early morning hours of Wednesday.

De'Von Pickett, 29, Minaj's tour manager, died after being rushed to a local hospital, while Eric Parker, 27, remains in critical condition.

Minaj shared the news on Twitter, writing; '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.

'We believe that both of the victims, as well as the perpetrator, were all inside of this bar and that’s when an argument started,' said Chief inspector Scott Small.

Small said that they expect Parker to survive.

And while the incident was caught on camera, the man responsible for the stabbings is still at large, having last been seen driving off in a gray Buick LeSabre.

According to witnesses, the stabbing had to do with a recently fired employee, though police have yet to verify that story.

Minaj's tour begins next month in Europe in support of her new album The Pinkprint.

Rihanna also paid tribute to Pickett, who previously worked on her tour, writing; '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.'

Rapper Fabolous also paid tribute, writing; '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.. But at 10:04 my brother hit me & told me that they both were fatally stabbed in Philly last night.

'My friend 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.

Source: Daily Mail

Date Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 , Total Page Views: 773

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