Drake has paid tribute to battle rapper Pat Stay following his stabbing death.
Drizzy took to his Instagram Stories on Sunday (September 4) to mourn the Nova Scotia rapper, calling the fellow Canadian one of his favorite rappers of all time.
“RIP to the Sucka Free Boss @patstay_902 one of my fav rappers ever,” he wrote while sharing a photo of Stay in action at his OVO and King of the Dot “Blackout 5″ battle rap event.
Pat Stay was reportedly stabbed in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia in the early hours of Sunday morning.
According to CBC News, Halifax Regional Police were called to the 1600 block of Lower Water Street at around 12:36am with reports of a stabbing, where a man was taken to a nearby hospital and later died from his injuries. A source close to the situation confirmed to HipHopDX that the incident took place at a local bar.
Police didn’t initially identify Pat Stay as the victim, but his brother, Peter Stay, confirmed his passing at the age of 36.
Other figures in the Hip Hop community such as The Alchemist and Royce Da 5’9 also paid tribute to Pat Stay on social media.
“‘I can moonwalk with steel toe boots on’ Rest in peace Pat Stay,” The Alchemist wrote on Twitter. “Battle Rap icon and king. If u know me u know i always thought he was the best. I’m hurt.”
Royce Da 5’9 also posted a photo of Pat Stay with the caption: “A GREAT man… Rest Peacefully.”
“I can moonwalk with steel toe boots on” Rest in peace Pat Stay. Battle Rap icon and king. If u know me u know i always thought he was the best. I’m hurt.
— Alchemist Type Beat (@Alchemist) September 4, 2022
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Pat Stay called out The Game in August for dissing Eminem on “The Black Slim Shady,” which appeared on his new album Drillmatic: Heart Vs. Mind. On Friday (September 2), Stay dropped his own diss track aimed at the Compton rapper featuring Kaleb Simmonds.
See more reactions to Pat Stay’s death from R.A. The Rugged Man, NLE Choppa and Statik Selektah below.
I just heard the shocking news about Pat Stay, Rest In Peace to a hilarious smart confident really great battle MC/monster also a very cool person and a family man. My condolences to his loved ones. 💔
— R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) September 4, 2022
RIP PAT STAY, Praying For The Battle Rap Community 🙏🏽
— NLE Choppa (@Nlechoppa1) September 4, 2022
That Pat Stay news is horrible. Rest In Peace. He was dope. Stand up dude.
— Statik Selektah (@StatikSelekt) September 4, 2022