Nicki Minaj is mourning the loss of her tour manager. De’Von Pickett, 29, was fatally stabbed in Philadelphia in the early hours of Wednesday morning (Feb. 18).
According to NBC Philadelphia, the stabbing occurred during a bar fight. The argument began around 2 a.m. inside Che Bar & Grill in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood and spread onto the street.
Another member of Minaj’s team, Eric Parker, suffered multiple stab wounds to his side. The 27-year-old was critically injured and remains hospitalized, but is expected to survive.
Both men were in Philly rehearsing for Nicki’s upcoming “Pinkprint” European tour, which kicks off March 16 in Sweden.
Nicki shared the tragic news on Twitter. “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,” she said.
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 MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) February 18, 2015
Other stars including Rihanna, Pusha T, Fabolous, K. Michelle, and Tiara Thomas also expressed their grief.
It's killing me to talk abt you in the past tense. I don't believe I've ever met someone as selfless as you. No one as humble and for the team as you. I hired you as my road manager simply because I knew you were more honest than me. There were stronger, more experienced, more polished candidates for the job but they weren't better than you. You made me see good in people. You gave everyone a chance, they should've gave you a chance. You didn't deserve this @daydaydoesdis . Love You #RIP
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
I'm in real shock. Woke up this morning to some awful news that you passed. My heart is broken. You managed my first tour ever the "Rebellious Soul Tour" You Were so supportive and excited about the growth of my career. When are we going to stop killing eachother? They don't even know they took away one of the best. You've guided so many careers. The road for many artist won't be the same. My heart hurts @daydaydoesdis Praying for your family and I know you are in a better place.