Rapper Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent were supposed to headline the Once Upon a Time festival on Saturday. However, they never got a chance to take the stage.
As The Blast previously reported, Drakeo the Ruler was killed backstage at the Exposition Park in Los Angeles. According to officials, a fight broke out backstage at around 8:30 PM. It was not clear if Drakeo was involved in the fight, but he was stabbed during the altercation.
There are rumors that Drakeo the Ruler was stabbed in the neck, but those reports have not been confirmed at this time. Multiple sources indicate that, although the Los Angeles Police Department arrived on the scene to rush Drakeo to the hospital, he passed away from his injuries.
Authorities have not arrested anyone in connection to the fight, but the incident is still under police investigation. They plan to interview all artists who performed at the all-day festival, as well as their entourages, to see who else might have been backstage during the stabbing.
Snoop Dogg Responds To Drakeo The Ruler’s Sudden Passing
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) December 19, 2021
After reports were able to confirm that Drakeo the Ruler passed away from his injuries, Snoop Dogg took to social media to express his condolences.
“I’m saddened by the events that took place last night at the Once Upon a Time in LA festival,” Snoop Dogg wrote.
“My condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Drakeo the Ruler. I’m not with anything negative and as one of the many performers, I was there to spread positive vibes only to my city of LA,” he continued.
“Last night I was in my dressing room when I was informed about the incident and chose to immediately leave the festival grounds,” he added. “My prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragedy.”
He concluded the message by saying, “Please take care, love one another and stay safe ya’ll. IM PRAYING FOR PEACE IN HIP HOP.”
Fans Send Thoughts And Prayers For The Loss Of The Late L.A. Rapper
Many fans took to the comments section to send thoughts and prayers for Drakeo the Ruler, although many couldn’t help but ask where the security was at the event.
“Where was the security?” one fan asked. “Astroworld just had a huge incident due to lack of infrastructure and security. I woulda thought any body, but especially Snoop would account and adjust accordingly. Should have been ready so you ain’t gotta get ready.”
“Been going here since was summertime in the LBC and this by far was the most unorganized one to date and embarrassing,” another added. “We all need a refund.”
“Crazy we want peace in the genre where we influence violence,” another noted.
“Sending peace & love to you brother,” said another.
“So sad,” another fan wrote. “May he Rest In Peace, next time they should just keep this event in the LBC like always!”
Others addressed Snoop Dogg directly. ‘You are a leader within your community,” one fan wrote. “You and others like you need to take a stand against this violence. Man up and take up the fight.”