Nicki Minaj's tour manager has been killed in a stabbing incident in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
De'Von Pickett was killed in the attack in the Che Bar & Grill on Tuesday night and another of Minaj's entourage, Eric Parker, is fighting for his life in a city hospital.
Minaj confirmed the news by posting a photo of the pair in a post on Instagram.com, 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." The hip-hop star is preparing to embark on an upcoming tour with local hero Meek Mill.
Chief inspector Scott Small says:"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." Reports suggest the stabbing incident had nothing to do with Minaj.
Rihanna has since added her tribute to Pickett, aka Day Day, who worked on her 2008 Glow In The Dark tour with Kanye West, by sharing an Instagram picture of her late pal and captioning the shot: "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."
Rapper Fabolous adds: "My heart is heavy right now. I'm still in shock and 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 and each other. Please send Eric Parker your blessings and a prayer for him to pull through. And RIP to the fallen soldier Day Day. I can't even believe I'm saying that with your name attached to it. I will miss your energy, your vibe, and you, but I'll hold on to your spirit!!"