Nicki Minaj is mourning the loss of her tour manager De’Von Pickett, 29, who was stabbed to death in Philadelphia Wednesday morning.
According to reports, a bar fight broke out at the Che Bar & Grill in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood then spilled out into the streets where De’Von and a friend Eric Parker, 27, were stabbed. The altercation allegedly involved an employee who had recently been fired from the bar. They were both in town rehearsing for Nicki Minaj’s Nicki’s upcoming “Pinkprint” European tour.
“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,” Nicki tweeted.
The music industry is also struggling with the loss.
Rihanna posted this photo on Instagram,
Rapper Fabolous posted a photo on Instagram of the young men with this heartfelt message,
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
Nicki Minaj is reportedly distraught over the news. Our prayers are with everyone affected by this tragic death.