Online tributes have been pouring in for a well-known Dartmouth, N.S. rapper who died after being stabbed on the Halifax waterfront early Sunday morning.
Halifax Regional Police have confirmed the victim is Patrick Wayne Stay, 36, and that his death has been ruled a homicide.
Officers were called to the 1600-block of Lower Water Street shortly after 12:30 a.m. for a report of someone with a weapon.
When they arrived, they found a male victim with stab wounds.
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He was rushed to hospital, but died of his injuries.
Investigators have not released any details of a possible suspect, but said there was no immediate threat to the general public.
‘On his way to a bright future’
Family, friends and the music community have been paying tribute to Pat Stay, a successful battle rapper.
A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for his family called Stay an “an honourable man who was on his way to a bright future.”
Rest In Peace Pat Stay. 💔😔
This culture loves you and we are all in pain from this devastating news.
Condolences and prayers to his entire family. pic.twitter.com/oGGN0xHXdp
— Let’s Talk Battle Rap (@LTBRpodcast) September 4, 2022
During an interview with Global News Morning in September 2020 to promote a hip hop fundraising concert for mental health, Stay described battle rap as his passion.
“Battle rap is kind of like, I would say, spoken word poetry mixed with a roasting session in rhyme form,” he said.
“Coming up, as a young man, I was always a class clown and always, you know, one of those guys and it just kind of fit my personality. And I took it from from Halifax to Toronto and then all over the world, literally all over the world. And it’s amazing.”View link »
Stay had just released his latest track on Friday.
Drake posted after the tragic news emerged online:
hiphop lost one of the best battlers of all time … RIP @patstay .. KINGS NEVER DIE‼️
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) September 5, 2022
See more tributes below.
RIP PAT STAY, Praying For The Battle Rap Community 🙏🏽
— NLE Choppa (@Nlechoppa1) September 4, 2022
BRO WTF RIP PAT STAY. NO MAN NO
— Andy Milonakis (@andymilonakis) September 4, 2022
RIP Pat Stay, a legend in battle rap and one of my biggest inspirations and influences when i did rap battles. He did a cameo for me a few years ago shouting out pumpkin gang, which was awesome. Rest in peace pic.twitter.com/YTtvuVuoku
— welyn 🎃 (@welyn) September 4, 2022
Rip Pat Stay… I just reacted to ya song last night and sent yu the link…WTF I literally just talked to brah 🙏🏾 My condolences to the family 🖤 pic.twitter.com/7LyJExq7w0
— NoLifeShaq (@NoLifeShaq) September 4, 2022
With a file from The Canadian Press