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Rapper dies at Exposition Park concert in Los Angeles

Los Angeles rapper Draco the Ruler has died after being stabbed at a star-studded 12-hour concert at Exposition Park’s Bank of California Stadium on December 18, according to multiple media reports.

Authorities have not confirmed the victim’s death or identity, but one of the rapper’s representatives confirmed the information with Rolling Stone magazine and the Guardian, and aides were posting their shock and condolences on social media.

The California Highway Patrol issued the following statement on Sunday: “On Saturday, December 18, 2021, at approximately 8:36 p.m., a fight broke out behind the main stage of the Once Upon a Time in LA concert in Los Angeles. During the fight One person was seriously injured by a sharp-edged weapon. Officials from the California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department responded at the scene. The victim was taken to a local regional hospital. The CHP is currently investigating the matter. Any witness with knowledge of this incident is asked to contact the Southern Division Investigative Services Unit at 323-644-9550.

According to multiple outlets including the Los Angeles Times, TMZ and the online publishing complex, Draco, whose real name was Darrell Caldwell, was taken to hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

He just turned 28 on 1 December.

LAPD operations center officer G. According to Todd, the Once Upon a Time in LA music festival, which was scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, was quickly called off by police and firefighters after violence broke out.

Artists were scheduled to perform, including Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Ice Cube, George Clinton, Al Green, the Isley Brothers and Cypress Hill.

Video from the scene showed several people arguing and fighting outside the concert just before being stabbed, but it was unclear what led to the confrontation.

A spokesperson for Live Nation said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times, “There was a commotion on the back of the street.” “In honor of those involved and in coordination with local authorities, artists and organizers (we) decided not to go ahead with the remaining sets, so the festival ended an hour early.”

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The LAPD tweeted at 10:34 p.m. Saturday that “an incident has occurred at the Once Upon a Time in LA festival in Bank of California. The festival has ended early.”

Overnight, social media was flooded with tributes to Caldwell, including fellow rapper Drake, who collaborated with him on the song “Talk to Me” earlier this year.

“Always lifted my spirit with your energy. RIP Draco,” wrote Drake on Instagram alongside a photo of the two together.

Snoop Dogg tweeted a statement about the incident on Sunday morning.

“I am saddened by the events of last night’s Once Upon a Time in LA festival. My condolences are with the family and friends of Draco the Ruler,” he wrote. “My prayers are with all those affected by the tragedy. … Please take care, love each other and be safe. I am praying for peace in Hip Hop.”

Caldwell was a Los Angeles native who has released 10 mixtapes since 2015 and brought out his debut studio album titled “I’m Mr. Mosley” earlier this year.

Critics have cited his unique flow and “oddly expressive, poetic word-choice”. The Times called her “the most original West Coast stylist in decades”.

According to The Times, he recorded the mixtape “Thank You for Using GTL” in Men’s Central Jail while awaiting trial in the 2016 murder of a 24-year-old man, saying he was acquitted of charges of murder and attempt to murder. was done. The newspaper said Caldwell later requested conspiracy charges in connection with the murder and was released in November 2020.

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