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Rapper Drakeo the Ruler Stabbed at ‘Once Upon a Time in LA' Festival

The rapper's publicist confirmed to NBC4 that Drakeo the Ruler, born Darrell Caldwell, was killed. He was 28 years old

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The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the scene at a music festival at the Banc of California Stadium in Exposition Park, where rapper Drakeo the Ruler was fatally stabbed.

The LAPD said Saturday night that the man stabbed at the "Once Upon a Time in LA" festival was in his 30s, but did not identify him.

LAPD are investigating a stabbing at a music festival in Exposition Park on Saturday. As seen on air on Dec. 18, 2021.

On Sunday morning, the rapper's publicist Scott Jawson confirmed to NBC4 Los Angeles that Drakeo the Ruler, born Darrell Caldwell, was killed. He was 28 years old.

A full statement is expected at a later date.

The festival, which was set to last from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., ended early and guests were asked to exit the area.

The incident was reported at approximately 8:40 p.m. Saturday.

The “Once Upon A Time in LA” concert was set to feature several different artists with artists like 50 Cent, Ice Cube, YG and Snoop Dogg set to headline. 

On Sunday, Snoop Dog posted a statement to Twitter about the tragic incident.

"I'm saddened by the events that took place last night at the Once Upon a Time in LA Festival," he wrote. "My condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Drakeo the Ruler."

"Last night I was in my dressing room when I was informed about the incident and chose to immediately leave the festival grounds. My prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragedy."

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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