Nicki Responds to Reports that Fan was Murdered by Back-up Dancer
You may have heard about the 21 year old Irish student named Nicola Furlong, that died on May 25th in Tokyo after attending a Nicki Minaj concert the night before. Allegedly Nicola and her unnamed friend missed the last train home, and was invited by James Blackston and his friend Larry to stay at their hotel. Allegedly all four took a cab to the hotel. Nicola went with Larry to his room, and Nicola’s friend and James went to another. Later that night guests began to complain about the noise coming from Larry’s room. When security went to investigate, they found Larry standing over Nicola’s lifeless body. She was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. The police say that she died of suffocation by cervical (neck) compression and may have been sexually assaulted after she was already dead. They’re also investigating whether or not the girls’ drinks were spiked before the incident.
Two Americans were arrested for questions, James Blackston and Larry.
Nicki took to Twitter to express her condolences as well as to correct some misleading information. Nicki says, “Saddened to learn one of my precious fans; found tragically murdered in Japan. My love & prayers are with the family of Nicola Furlong”
In another Tweet she lashed out at celebrity blogger Perez Hilton for publishing a misleading report online. Perez Hilton linked the suspects to Nicki Minaj saying they are her back-up dancers. This is what Nicki had to say to Perez:
“@PerezHilton my dancers had nothing to do w/this tragedy. No one in my entourage was questioned or arrested. They all flew home from Japan”
‘@PerezHilton that person on your sight is NOT my dancer. We do NOT know the men in custody. Too much misleading information.”
Shortly afterwards Perez removed the blog.
Meanwhile, Nicola’s family has released a statement asking the public to respect their time of mourning during the ongoing investigation.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter/sister Nicola in such tragic circumstances. Nicola was a warm, generous, stunning person who always had time for her family and other people. Nicola will always be at the centre of our lives. She stood for everything that is good in life. The Japanese police are continuing their investigations into the circumstances surrounding Nicola’s death. As these circumstances are unclear at this time we respectfully request time and space to mourn Nicola with dignity.”
There is very little information about James Blackston outside of him being a U.S. Citizen who has toured with various celebrities including The Black Eyed Peas. He was also an associate of Omarion, appearing in a dance battle together.
CLG would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Nicola during their time of grief. This is a very tragic situation and we hope and pray justice will be served quickly.
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