The daughter of Eric B. has died following a car crash in Connecticut on Sunday.
The hip-hop legend’s rep confirmed the tragic news to Sister 2 Sister 2.0. “It is with profound sadness and disbelief that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Erica Supreme Barrier,” said Alvina Alston, Eric B.’s publicist.
Erica, 28, died on Monday at 6:18 p.m. from her injuries sustained in the accident. Her father mourned the loss and thanked well wishers for their support and prayers, along with the medical staff at Hartford Hospital.
“She fought a valiant fight, however we trust God & His ultimate decision to bring her home,” said Eric B. “We want to sincerely thank everyone from around the world for the outpouring of support and love during this difficult time. Please continue to keep our family in prayer as we now prepare to lay Erica to rest.”
He added, “This was an unfortunate vehicular accident that claimed her life however, and it’s also crucial that we pray for the other driver involved. Our hearts also go out to him and his family as we hold no ill will in our hearts for those involved.”
Page Six reports that Erica was driving in a Mini Cooper at 1 a.m. Sunday, when her vehicle “stopped in the center lane” and an oncoming truck “was unable to stop in time and impacted the rear of [Erica’s car].” According to the police report, she was seriously injured and was transported to Hartford Hospital. The other driver was reportedly not injured.
Eric B. paid tribute to his daughter by reposting photos of her on Instagram along with a video of him bringing her on stage at a show. “Thank you for all the well wishes!!! Love y’all,” he told his followers.
Eric B.’s partner-in-rhyme, Rakim, also mourned the loss. “Deepest of condolences to my brother Eric B. and all of the extended family,” wrote the hip-hop legend on his official Facebook page. “This evening, his daughter Erica passed on after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident. Erica was the brightest of stars and while we miss her physical form greatly, we will celebrate her life and her energy eternally. Please put a blessing in the air.”