Drakeo the Ruler is STABBED in the neck at LA festival

Drakeo the Ruler has died after being stabbed in the neck at Los Angeles festival: Drake leads the tributes as organisers cancel event following off-stage tragedy

  • The star was knifed in an area off-stage around 9pm and was rushed to hospital where he is currently in critical condition
  • No one has been arrested as of yet, but the Los Angeles Times said that the artist was attacked by a ‘group of people’
  • By 9:20pm, the backstage area was said to be blocked off to anyone but police officers, with at least 20 present behind the main stage 
  • The event was called off shortly after the stabbing, with the Los Angeles Police Department saying on Twitter that an ‘incident’ had occurred 
  • A Live Nation spokesperson said in a statement: ‘There was an altercation in the roadway backstage’
  • They added: ‘Out of respect for those involved and in coordination with local authorities, artists and organisers decided not to move forward with remaining sets so the festival was ended an hour early’

Rapper Drakeo the Ruler has died after being stabbed at the Once Upon A Time music festival in LA.

The star, 28, whose real name is Darrell Caldwell, was knifed in an area off-stage around 9pm and was rushed to hospital where he was in critical condition.

Multiple sources told TMZ the performer died from his injuries and his death was later confirmed to Variety. 

Rapper Drake, who collaborated with Drakeo earlier this year, was among the first to pay his respects in a post shared with Instagram followers on Sunday. 

He wrote: ‘Nah man this s**t isn’t right for real wtf are we doing. Always picked my spirit up with your energy. RIP Drakeo.’ 

No one has been arrested as of yet, but the Los Angeles Times said that the artist was attacked by a ‘group of people’.

Tragedy: Rapper Drakeo the Ruler has died after being stabbed at the Once Upon A Time music festival in LA 

Devastated: Rapper Drake, who collaborated with Drakeo earlier this year, was among the first to pay his respects in a post shared with Instagram followers

According to the publication, the rapper was pretty badly hurt and was thought to be backstage during the attack.

He was due to perform at the festival alongside other rappers including 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube.

The event was called off shortly after the stabbing, with the Los Angeles Police Department saying on Twitter that an ‘incident’ had occurred.

They said: ‘The festival has concluded early. LAPD will be in the area assisting [California Highway Patrol] with the investigation.’ 

Reports: The star, 28, whose real name is Darrell Caldwell, was knifed in an area off-stage around 9pm and was rushed to hospital where he is currently in critical condition

A Live Nation spokesperson said in a statement: ‘There was an altercation in the roadway backstage. 

‘Out of respect for those involved and in coordination with local authorities, artists and organisers decided not to move forward with remaining sets so the festival was ended an hour early.’

The festival was running behind schedule with Snoop Dogg supposed to be on stage at 8:30pm while a DJ was playing a 45-minute set.

By 9:20pm, the backstage area was said to be blocked off to anyone but police officers, with at least 20 present behind the main stage. 

MailOnline has contacted organisers for the Once Upon A Time in LA event for comment.   

Assault: No one has been arrested as of yet, but the Los Angeles Times said that the artist was attacked by a ‘group of people’

Statement: The event was ended shortly after the stabbing, with the Los Angeles Police Department saying on Twitter that an ‘incident’ had occurred

In March 2018, Caldwell was reportedly arrested and charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. 

The charges were in relation to a shooting in Carson, California in December 2016 where one person was killed and two were injured.

In July 2019, he was acquitted of both charges, however the district attorney refiled charges of criminal gang conspiracy and shooting from a motor vehicle.

According to NPR, Caldwell was released from prison in November 2020 after the district attorney’s office offered him a plea deal after three years in jail. 

The rapper recorded his album Thank You for Using GTL, released in June 2020, during his time in Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles. 

Raised in South Los Angeles, Caldwell released 10 mixtapes during his career.

Event: Caldwell was due to perform at the festival alongside other rappers including 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube

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