De’Von Pickett
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Tragedy has struck Nicki Minaj’s tour. Her tour manager, De’Von Pickett, 29, of the Bronx, N.Y., was stabbed to death outside the Che Bar & Grill in Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

According to NBC, Pickett was with Eric Reed and other friends when the group got into an argument with men at the bar. Authorities say the fight spilled out onto the streets, and another man stabbed Pickett and Reed several times. Pickett died from stab wounds to his torso; Reed suffered stab wounds to his left arm and left side and was reported to be in stable condition.


Pickett and Reed were both in Philly to rehearse for Minaj’s upcoming show. Pickett had previously worked for Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Fabolous and Rihanna.

Both Fabolous and Rihanna shared their condolences online:

Police are looking for the suspect, who was last seen driving off in a gray Buick LeSabre. He is described as a 30-year-old man with a full beard, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black-and-gray jacket. The city of Philadelphia is offering a $20,000 reward for an arrest and conviction in Pickett’s death.

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