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Minaj Crew Member Killed in Bar Fight

She confirms the news on Twitter
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2015 9:07 AM CST
Minaj Crew Members Stabbed in Bar Fight, 1 Dead
Nicki Minaj arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Two members of Nicki Minaj's touring team were stabbed—one fatally—early yesterday outside a bar in Philly, where they were rehearsing for the tour. Minaj confirmed the news on Twitter, and Billboard confirmed the stabbings with the Philadelphia Police Department, though PPD would not reveal details or names. In her tweet, Minaj noted that the men had only been in the city two days. She also posted a photo of them on Instagram, and they have been confirmed as De'Von "Day Day" Pickett and Eric Parker. Parker survived.

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Pickett, who was Minaj's 29-year-old tour manager, was out with four friends. Reports via NBC Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Inquirer differ, but an argument broke out inside the Che Bar & Grill around 2:30am. The fight spread into the street, where one man pulled a knife; both Pickett and Parker were stabbed several times. Police are still searching for the suspect. Pickett is well-known in the music industry, and celebrities including Rihanna and Questlove have been mourning him on social media. Minaj's tour is set to begin March 16 in Stockholm. (Read more murder stories.)

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