Beyoncé has paid tribute to a professional dancer who was fatally stabbed after dancing to her music.
The incident happened on Saturday night (July 29) when O’Shae Sibley was allegedly attacked when and a group of friends stopped at a Mobil gas station in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Coney Island to fill up their tank, reports The Independent. As they waited, Sibley started vogueing to Beyoncé’s recent album ‘Renaissance’.
A group of men approached them and alledgely asked them to stop vogueing. According to surveillance footage obtained by the New York Post, a brawl then allegedly broke out at 11pm between the two groups.
Following his death, Beyoncé took to her official website yesterday (August 1) to write: “REST IN POWER O’SHEA SIBLEY.”
Beyoncé honors dancer who was fatally stabbed in a homophobic attack after voguing to a song of hers:
“REST IN POWER O’SHEA SIBLEY” pic.twitter.com/MZEdF8EAMq
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 1, 2023
Sibley was a member of modern dance company Ailey Extension and had performed at Lincoln Center.
The organisation released a statement saying: “We are shocked and heartbroken that O’Shae’s life has been taken by senseless violence and extend our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.”
Sibley’s father Jake Kelly has started a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Sibley’s funeral costs.
While no arrests have yet been made, police are investigating the stabbing as a possible hate crime.
The NYPD is asking anyone with information to contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
Meanwhile, Tori Kelly recently revealed that Beyoncé sent her flowers while she was hospitalised recently.
On July 23, Kelly was rushed to a hospital after collapsing while out for dinner with friends in downtown Los Angeles. She reportedly experienced elevated heart rates before passing out.
Upon treatment in the ICU, Kelly discovered that she had blood clots in her lungs and legs.
In an Instagram post she wrote: “Hi! Hope you’re feeling good! Beyoncé sent flowers to the house. No one was home so they left them under this tree.”