Pat Stay, an acclaimed Canadian battle rapper was stabbed to death a few days after releasing The Game diss track.

He died at the age of 36 after being fatally stabbed in the early morning hours near the waterfront in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Local police are yet to confirm it, but Pat’s brother has shared sad news already in a statement.

While Pat Stay’s most recent viral track was a response to The Game and his Eminem diss, Pat’s place in the battle rap pantheon is well earned without it.

As a battle rapper, he was not only fast, inventive and good with punchlines, he was absolutely vicious and showed no mercy to his opponents. He is the only KOTD Champion to defend the title 3 times against Dizaster, Daylyt and Charron. Pat Stay was also cast for “Bodied”, a battle-rap comedy co-produced by Eminem. Lately, the Canadian star worked on his full-length album.

The industry is shocked by this tragedy, and tributes are pouring, starting from Eminem, who posted on his Twitter account:

hiphop lost one of the best battlers of all time … RIP @patstay .. KINGS NEVER DIE‼️

The Alchemist wrote:

KXNG Crooked left a voice message to share his grief:

Royce da 5’9 shares he sentiment of his former Slaughterhouse mate:

There are multiple tributes from outside of the Shady camp and outside of the US battle scene even.

The Game DISS – Pat Stay feat. Kaleb Simmonds – Warm Up