Hip Hop legend Eric B's daughter dead after a truck hits her stopped car
Hip Hop legend Eric B has paid tribute to his daughter, Erica Supreme Barrier, who was killed in a car crash in Connecticut on Sunday morning.
She was 28.
"Please continue to keep our family in prayer as we now prepare to lay Erica to rest," Eric B. said in a statement to Sister 2 Sister.
The Eric B. & Rakim star shared a sweet video on Instagram on Tuesday, which showed her joining him onstage during a previous performance.
“My daughter Erica,” he proudly says in the clip. “She thinks she’s my twin and my boss,” he added – as the two are seen standing together arm in arm.
The rapper also shared several photos of his daughter that were originally posted on her Instagram to his story, and thanked friends for their tributes.
“Thank you all for the well wishes!!!” he captioned a throwback photo of himself with his daughter when she was a little girl. “Love y’all Eric B.”
Eric B.’s longtime collaborator Rakim, 52, offered his condolences in an emotional post he shared on Facebook Monday night.
“Deepest of condolences to my brother Eric B. and all of the extended family,” Rakim wrote.
He continued: “This evening, his daughter Erica passed on after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident. Erica was the brightest of stars and while we miss her physical form greatly, we will celebrate her life and her energy eternally. Please put a blessing in the air.”
LL Cool J, 52, also shared a message in honor of Erica on his Instagram Tuesday. “My love and condolences to you @therealdjericb,” he wrote. “Erica’s Mother and the rest of your family & Friends. May your daughter rest peacefully. ??❤️”
Fans then shared their own condolences and support for Eric B. through his grief.
“My condolences to the Barrier family and may you find comfort, peace as well as strength to carry through your days, much love,” one wrote.
“My condolences on the loss of your daughter,” another added. “Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. God will not put more on you than you can handle. Praying for you and your family.”
Erica was driving northbound on I-91 near exit 22 in Cromwell, Connecticut when her vehicle stopped in the center lane in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to a police report, obtained and published by People.
A Penske truck – driven by a 28-year-old man – then rear-ended Barrier’s Mini Cooper Countryman vehicle around 12:37 a.m. ET, according to the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of State Police, per People.
Barrier “sustained serious injuries” and was transported to Hartford Hospital, where she was treated before being pronounced dead on Monday evening.
According to the police report, the truck driver involved “was uninjured as a result of the collision” and the “investigation is ongoing.”
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