L.A | Rapper Drakeo the Ruler Stabbed to Death At Once Upon a Time Festival
Los Angeles rapper Drakeo the Ruler died Sunday morning after he was stabbed Saturday night at a show at the Once Upon a Time in L.A. concert in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park. He was 28 years old.
Drakeo the Ruler was part of the lineup at the Once Upon A Time in LA music festival on Saturday night, which ended early after an “altercation in the roadway backstage.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Drakeo, born Darrell Caldwell, “was attacked by a group of people at the music festival and seriously injured.”
Paramedics arrived on the scene around 8:40 p.m. after the stabbing and triggered a massive response from law enforcement.
Both the LAPD and California Highway Patrol came in riot gear to keep the crowd in control.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed on Twitter they had responded to an incident at the Banc of California stadium in Los Angeles.
A fight broke out behind the main stage shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time, leaving one man severely injured by a suspect wielding an edged weapon, the California Highway Patrol said in a news release that did not identify Caldwell.
Drakeo was reportedly stabbed in the throat during the mayhem. Organizers immediately cancelled the event.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
The Los Angeles Country Medical Examiner-Coroner could not yet confirm the victim’s ID, because “the person died at the hospital and the body is still there,” public information officer Sarah Ardalani said.
This concert, held at Banc of California Stadium, was slated to feature several large acts including sets from Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, 50 Cent, and Drakeo the Ruler.
However, after the fatal incident, Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent opted not to take the stage after the festival quickly ended.
Snoop Dogg said Sunday on Instagram that he was in his dressing room before his scheduled performance when he was “informed about the incident and chose to immediately leave the festival grounds.”
Drakeo’s attorney John Masaki shared a statement about his work with the late rapper on Twitter:
“We spent the hardest two years together fighting for his freedom, facing life, before walking out a free man just over a year ago. Through it, we became friends and then like family. I don’t even know how to start processing this,” he wrote.
Also expressing their grief on social media was Snoop Dogg, who said he was “saddened by the events that took place” at the Los Angeles concert.
“My prayers go out to everyone affected by tragedy. Please take care, love one another and stay safe ya’ll,” he wrote. “IM PRAYING FOR PEACE IN HIP HOP.”
The investigation continues to this day as the area remains blocked off.
Caldwell was born in South Los Angeles on Dec. 1, 1993. The artist, who was the brother of rapper Ralfy the Plug, broke onto the scene with his number “Mr. Get Dough,” which was remixed by producer DJ Mustard. In October 2015, Drakeo released his debut mixtape I Am Mr. Mosley, followed by I Am Mr. Mosley 2 in July 2016.