Updated: Feb 24
Written by: Khalif Thompson
Tragedy occurs during the Once Upon A Time in L.A Festival Exposition Park on Saturday night (December 18, 2021), after Drakeo The Ruler (Darell Caldwell), is reportedly dead after being stabbed in the neck. According to sources, the West Coast rapper was initially in critical condition but later died at a nearby hospital in L.A.
Referencing the Los Angeles Times, a public information officer for the Los Angeles Fire Department, Margaret Stewart, stated paramedics responded to a report of a stadium in Exposition Park around 8:40 PM. An individual was reported being taken to a hospital in critical condition.
At the time, Drakeo The Ruler had not been identified, but a person with direct knowledge of the incident told LA Times that the rapper had been attacked by a group of people while backstage.
The rapper was scheduled to perform at the concert, which had a lineup of other artists performing including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, 50 Cent.
An anonymous tip confirmed that the rapper didn't succumb to his injuries and later passed away.
Caldwell, 28, was backstage when an altercation broke out among several people and he was stabbed. (Watch video below)
Snoop Dogg later released a statement. “My condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Drakeo The Ruler, “ he wrote. The festival has decided to conclude early and cease the remainder of performances.
No arrests had been made as of Sunday morning, said Officer Luis Garcia, an LAPD spokesman. “Detectives are still trying to figure things out”, he said.
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