American rapper Drakeo the Ruler (real name: Darrell Caldwell) died on Saturday night (US Pacific Time) after being stabbed backstage at the Once Upon a Time in L.A. multi-artiste concert at the Banc of California Stadium, reports 'Variety' quoting a rep for the performer.

The concert was to be headlined by performers such as Snoop Dogg, YG, the Isley Brothers and 50 Cent, but it was called off after the stabbing, although for some time, a DJ continued to play, even as attendees wondered what the delay between sets was about.

Drakeo the Ruler
Drakeo the Ruler was stabbed to death after a brawl broke out in backstage at LA concert on Saturday nightIANS

Superstar Drake, who appeared on a Drakeo the Ruler single earlier this year, was among those posting condolences on social media. "Nah man this shit isn't right for real wtf are we doing," posted Drake. "Always picked my spirit up with your energy. RIP

'Variety', quoting multiple reports, says a backstage brawl occurred at about 8.30 p.m. and a victim later confirmed to be Drakeo was taken to the hospital in a critical condition.

The Once Upon a Time in L.A. concert offered a mix of hip-hop and classic soul stars on three stages over the course of what would have been an 11-hour show, with Ice Cube, Al Green, the Game, the Delfonics, Cypress Hill and the Chi-Lites among nearly 60 acts on the bill.

Drakeo the Ruler had been scheduled to start his performance on the G-Funk Stage at 8:30 p.m., right around the time the backstage violence was reported.

Shocked fans on social media

Soon after the news broke out, several fans of the rapper expressed condolences and many shared the video on social media. Here are some:

(With inputs from IANS)