Nicki Minaj’s Tour Manager Killed in Philadelphia [Details]

Rucuss staffFebruary 19, 2015

Nicki Minaj’s tour manager was fatally killed in Philadelphia.

De’Von Pickett, 29, was fatally stabbed in the early hours of Wednesday morning. According to NBC Philadelphia, the stabbing occurred during a bar fight.

Pickett, along with another member of Minaj’s team, Eric Parker, was involved in an argument that began around 2 a.m. inside Che Bar & Grill in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood and spread onto the street.

Parker suffered multiple stab wounds to his side. The 27-year-old was critically injured and remains hospitalized, but is expected to survive.

Witnesses told investigators that the argument possibly had to do with a recently fired employee. Minaj announced the news on social media.


Other artists who worked with Pickett and Parker sent their condolences and wished Parker a speedy recovery.

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Fabolous, also offered his condolences: “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!!


K. Michelle also worked with Pickett. She wrote: “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.”

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