Canadian rapper Pat Stay died Sunday morning after being stabbed in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Police said in a statement. His death is being investigated as a homicide.
Police said they found the 36-year-old man, whose full name is Patrick Wayne Stay, around 12:35 p.m. Stay was rushed to hospital, where he died. The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner determined the cause of his death later that day.
“Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the victim during this difficult time,” Halifax Regional Police said in a statement. Stay had two young children.
Hip-hop luminaries including Eminem and Drake paid tribute. Stay, who made his bones trading lyrical blows with skilled adversaries in one-on-one rap battles, starred in the 2017 Eminem-produced movie “Bodied” on the underground scene.
“hiphop has lost one of the greatest fighters ever… RIP @patstay.. KINGS NEVER DIE,” tweeted Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers.
Stay was highly respected by his peers — Drake even skipped the 2015 Grammy Awards to see him win a rap battle.
“It was a blessing and an honor,” Stay told Canadian news outlet The Signal in 2020. “I won that title match and it was an honor to do it ahead of Drake.”
The fellow Canadian rapper paid tribute in an Instagram story with an overlay text that read, “RIP to the Sucka Free Boss.. One of my favorite rappers of all time.” Drake also called it “one of the best, if not the best” in the comments to a Stay song recently posted on the social media platform.
Stay told The Signal that he loved Halifax and had “never found a reason to go anywhere else”. A memorial campaign launched on GoFundMe has raised more than $139,000 of a goal of $800,000 to fund the late rapper’s funeral and support his family.
“Pat Stay was a very honorable man who was on his way to a bright future,” campaign organizers wrote. “Our hearts are hurting for his family and friends at this time, so we hope to help ease some of the pain by ensuring his family receives support through this process.
No arrests have yet been made, according to CNN. Police said in a statement that “the investigation is in its preliminary stages and is being led by homicide investigators from the Special Investigations Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigations Division.”
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