#OTDIHH: Diddy’s Basketball Event Turns Deadly; 9 Killed (1991)

#OTDIHH: Diddy's Basketball Event Turn Deady; 9 Killed (1991)

December 28, 1991

Before Puff Daddy was a #BadBoy, he was a #HowardUniversity dropout with a knack for attracting large crowds to the parties he promoted.
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#OnThisDateInHipHop, Puffy and #HeavyD (RIP) threw an AIDS fundraising celebrity basketball event at #CityCollegeOfNewYork. #HeavyD, #RunDMC, #BigDaddyKane, #EdLover, #Jodeci and #BoyzIIMen were all set to perform.
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The event drew a crowd of 3,000+ which would have been alright IF the gymnasium where the game/concert was to take place had capacity to hold that many people [the gym had a capacity of 2,730].
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The event was scheduled to take place at 6:00pm but the doors didn’t open until about an hour later. That, coupled with the fact that some people with tickets weren’t being let in due to overcrowding, caused a stampede into the building.
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The 66 cops, 38 college officers and 20 security guards present were no match for the anxious crowd of 3,000+.
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9 people were crushed to death and 29 were injured.

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