/  01.28.2022

Update: Tianna Purtue, the mother of Drakeo the Ruler’s son Caiden Caldwell, sued Live Nation on behalf of the child on Wednesday (Feb. 2), seeking $60 million in damages. Neither Drakeo’s mother nor his brother, Ralfy the Plug, are involved in the suit.

Original Story: Drakeo The Ruler’s family plans to file a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against Live Nation, blaming the entertainment company for the up-and-coming rapper’s fatal December stabbing.

According to Billboard, an attorney representing the family announced their intention to sue Live Nation and two other organizers of the Once Upon a Time in LA music festival, C3 Presents and Bobby Dee Presents, at a press conference on Thursday (Jan. 27).

In the suit, Drakeo’s family accused all three companies of failing to provide adequate security for the 28-year-old or a physical barricade backstage, adding that he was “essentially lynched” at the Los Angeles festival.

“His life was taken way too soon,” the family’s attorney James Bryant said at the press conference. “This should never have never happened if those promoters had actually had the proper security protocols. This was a preventable death.”

According to Billboard, the suit will be officially filed next week. The family is seeking at least $20 million in damages.

“Those who failed Drakeo the Ruler… they’re going to be held accountable,” Bryant said. A criminal investigation into the “Talk To Me” rapper’s death is ongoing.

A spokesperson for Live Nation responded to the impending lawsuit in a statement to Billboard.

Once Upon a Time in LA joins Drakeo’s family, friends and fans in grieving his loss,” they said. “The festival is continuing to support local authorities in their investigation as they pursue the facts.”

As reported by REVOLT, Drakeo was scheduled to perform on Dec. 18 at the festival, but was stabbed around 8:30 p.m. local time amidst a large brawl backstage. The rapper was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition and sadly succumbed to his injuries.


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