Rapper Pat Stay
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Rapper Pat Stay was 36 years old when he died after a stabbing incident in Nova Scotia, Canada, said regional police.

He was fatally stabbed in downtown Halifax early Sunday morning. Halifax Regional Police said in a statement that cops found Stay with stab wounds and took him to a nearby hospital. Later, he died there.

According to CBC, Halifax Regional Police spokesperson Constable John MacLeod did not have any information about what led up to the stabbing. Cops are also not sure whether there were any witnesses. After the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service conducted an autopsy, the manner of death was ruled to be a homicide. The investigation is still on and no arrests have been made so far.

Many people took to social media to pay their respects to the artist. Fellow rapper Eminem tweeted that hip-hop has "lost one of the best battlers of all time ... RIP @patstay .. KINGS NEVER DIE!"

Stay was known for his work in rap battles. In such battles, two rappers confront each other in front of an audience. They use a mixture of boasts, insults and rhymes.

He was a father of two young children, and a GoFundMe campaign has been established for his family to help with funeral expenses, reported CNN. A message from the campaign organizer read that the rapper "has been taken from the world far to soon and many will be devastated forever." Stay was described as a "very honorable man who was on his way to a bright future."

The message further read that their "heart hurts for his family and friends at this time so we hope to help ease some of the pain by ensuring his family has help through this process."

In 2020, Stay gave an interview to the Canadian publication the Signal where he talked about his work ethic. He also offered his advice for aspiring artists. Stay said that if aspiring artists are making a beat, "release it and then make 5,000 more. If you have like 10 songs out and you think they are good, well, make a lot more." According to him, the best people in this industry are "working hard, every day. It's a grind."

Real Sikh (L) and Pat Stay
Real Sikh (L) and Pat Stay perform onstage during Drake's Till Death Do Us Part rap battle on October 30, 2021 in Long Beach, California. Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images

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