Canadian rapper Pat Stay died successful the aboriginal greeting hours Sunday aft being stabbed successful downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Police announced successful a statement. His decease is being investigated arsenic a homicide.
Police said they recovered the 36-year-old, whose afloat sanction is Patrick Wayne Stay, astatine astir 12:35 a.m. Stay was rushed to a hospital, wherever helium died. The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner determined his origin of decease aboriginal that day.
“Our thoughts are with the victim’s household and loved ones during this hard time,” Halifax Regional Police said successful a statement. Stay had 2 young children.
Hip-hop luminaries including Eminem and Drake paid their respects. Stay, who made his bones trading lyrical blows with skilled opponents successful head-to-head rap battles, starred successful the 2017 Eminem-produced movie “Bodied” astir the underground scene.
“hiphop mislaid 1 of the champion battlers of each clip … RIP @patstay .. KINGS NEVER DIE,” tweeted Eminem, whose existent sanction is Marshall Mathers.
Stay was highly respected by peers — Drake adjacent skipped the 2015 Grammy Awards to ticker him triumph a rap battle.
“That was a blessing and an honour,” Stay told Canadian outlet The Signal successful 2020. “I won that rubric lucifer and it was an honour to bash it successful beforehand of Drake.”
The chap Canadian rapper paid tribute successful an Instagram Story with overlaid substance that read: “RIP to the Sucka Free Boss.. One of my fav rappers ever.” Drake besides called him “one of, if not, the best” successful the comments of a song Stay precocious posted connected the societal media platform.
Stay told The Signal helium loved Halifax and ne'er “found a crushed to spell anyplace else.” A memorial run launched connected GoFundMe has raised much than $139,000 retired of an $800,000 extremity to concern the precocious rapper’s ceremonial and enactment his family.
“Pat Stay was a precise honorable antheral who was connected his mode to a agleam future,” the run organizers wrote. “Our bosom hurts for his household and friends astatine this clip truthful we anticipation to assistance easiness immoderate of the symptom by ensuring his household has assistance done this process.
No arrests person yet been made, according to CNN. Police said successful a connection that the “investigation is successful its preliminary stages and is being led by homicide investigators from the Special Investigations Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division.”