The American rapper known as ‘Drakeo the Ruler’ died Sunday after being stabbed behind the scenes at a music festival in Los Angeles, his agent, Scott Jawson, confirmed to AFP.
Real name Darrell Caldwell, the 28-year-old artist was scheduled to perform this weekend at the concert “Once Upon a Time in LA”, along with rap stars Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent.
The incident that caused his death was known at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a city fire department official.
One person, whose identity was not initially disclosed, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. It was later announced that it was Darrell Caldwell, who died from his injuries.
Live Nation, which helped organize the festival, closed the event shortly after the incident was announced. “There was a backstage altercation,” the promoter told AFP in a statement. “Out of respect for those involved and in coordination with local authorities, artists and organizers, it was decided not to continue with the planned shows.”
Snoop Dogg noted on his Twitter account that he was in his dressing room when he learned of the incident and decided to leave the scene immediately.
“I am saddened by the events that occurred last night at the Once Upon a Time in LA festival,” he wrote.
Caldwell had been arrested in 2017 for possession of weapons and in 2018 for murder in connection with the shooting death of a 24-year-old man. He had served several years in prison for this charge.
He was acquitted in 2019, but charged with association with criminal gangs. He accepted a deal with the courts and was released from jail in 2020.
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book “Because He’s Jeff Goldblum,” a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.