PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A stabbing outside a bar early Wednesday left one member of Nicki Minaj’s tour dead and another in critical condition, the singer and authorities said.
The two tour members had flown into Philadelphia for rehearsals two days earlier, Minaj wrote on Twitter.
Philadelphia police said two men, ages 29 and 26, were stabbed early Wednesday outside a bar in the city’s West Oak Lane section.
They said the elder man suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a hospital. The younger victim was stabbed in the left side and arm and was in critical condition, police said.
Both were taken to the hospital by car before police arrived at the Che’ Bar and Grill, police said.
Police said the fight began when a man started arguing with the victims inside the bar at about 2 a.m. and pulled a knife once they got outside.
Minaj posted a link to a TV report on the bar stabbings.
“Another senseless act of violence that took the life of a great guy. So sad,” Minaj wrote.
Minaj’s tour begins March 16 in Europe, according to her website. The rapper is known for such hits as “Anaconda” and “Bang Bang,” her pop song with Jessie J and Ariana Grande.
Police are withholding the identity of the homicide victim until his family can be notified. The second victim wasn’t identified either.
The city offers a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in any homicide.